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1 year 6 months ago

Council tightens fire code; tables TOPS

COLORADO SPRINGS - On a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council passed stricter fire codes for any new homes built in the foothills of Colorado Springs. Smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and fire resistant Class A roofing materials are now required. Wooded siding and shake shingles are prohibited...

2 years 1 month ago

Is Colorado "prettier" than others?

Is it possible that Colorado is "prettier" than other states? Many of you who live here definitely say yes. A Headwaters Economics study done recently says the outdoor quality of life in Colorado leads people to move here, find jobs here, and stay here. Its attractive advantage over other states...

2 years 3 months ago

Free admission at National Parks

Nearly four hundred National Parks will offer free admission from April 21 through April 29. That includes Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta. "All 397 national parks are great places to get some exercise while taking in spectacular scenery or learning something new," said...

2 years 8 months ago

Future of Section 16 temporarily on hold

The city took ownership of Section 16 earlier this year. It connects Red Rock Canyon and White Acres. Although the master planning process is currently on hold, parks will resume planning in 2012. While the master plan process is delayed, the P arks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will...

3 years 2 days ago

Don't be a victim of a car break-in

Folks enjoying our local parks and trails are being targeted by thieves and some are forgetting to keep valuables out of sight in their cars. On Monday night three cars were broken into while they parked in a lot in monument valley park. CSPD says they have no leads...

3 years 3 weeks ago

Parks group drops tax effort for now

Voters will not get to decide whether to raise taxes for parks this fall. The group Great Parks Great Communities officially pulled their request for a ballot initiative at Tuesday's county commissioners meeting. They had wanted to ask voters for a dedicated sales tax increase of 15 cents on...

3 years 1 month ago

Fremont County issues fire ban

If you plan on camping in Fremont County this weekend, be careful where and how you start a campfire. Sheriff James Beicker and the county commissioners have implemented stage one fire restrictions countywide. The restrictions mean that campfires may only be started in developed recreation sites and must be...

3 years 2 months ago

COS bicycle advisory meeting Tuesday

The Bicycle Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Citizens Transportation Advisory Board, will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, May 24, at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services administration building at 1401 Recreation Way. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The DRAFT guidelines for Shared...

3 years 2 months ago

Group pushes for tax initiative for parks

Would you vote for a tax increase if the money was dedicated specifically to parks? That's the question that a group calling themselves Great Parks Great Communities wants to put before voters this fall. They announced plans Tuesday to ask El Paso County Commissioners to put a measure on...

3 years 2 months ago

Parks group to seek ballot initiative

A group calling themselves Great Parks - Great Communities plans to ask the El Paso County Commissioners to approve a ballot initiative seeking a 0.015 percent sales tax increase to fund operations and basic maintenance of parks, trails and open spaces in the county. The Sustainable Parks Initiative is...

3 years 3 months ago

National Park free admission next week

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) - Nature enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the great outdoors next week with free admission to over 300 National Park Service sites, including Rocky Mountain National Park. National Park Week runs from April 16-24. It's the longest of the no-fee periods announced earlier this...

3 years 4 months ago

Hickenlooper works to combine two agencies

Gov. John Hickenlooper continus his efforts to combine the state Parks Department with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He met today with the parks board and the Wildlife Commission outlining how the agencies have many shared missions. "The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks are well...

3 years 7 months ago

Wildlife commissioners to answer questions

Colorado Wildlife Commissioners John Singletary and Tim Glenn will hold a question-and-answer session in Pueblo on December 8 at Lake Pueblo State Park. People will have a chance to meet their wildlife commissioners, allow the commissioners to hear concerns and suggestions from the public and answer questions about Colorado's...

3 years 8 months ago

2011 city budget looking brighter

In December, Colorado Springs city councilmembers have a chance to put some happiness back into the Christmas stockings of city residents. Last Christmas, their job was to take stuff out of the stockings. The 2011 city budget has an unexpected increase of $10.3 million (mostly from increased sales tax...

3 years 10 months ago

Parks volunteer opportunities this Saturday

If you're looking for an opportunity to teach your children good stewardship of the earth--Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers are encouraging families to volunteer this Saturday to clean-up and enhance the parks. The projects will include tree planting, creek cleaning, weed removal and trail renovations. The El...

3 years 10 months ago

State parks board considers higher fees

The Colorado State Parks Board is considering raising fees for entrance passes, some campgrounds and other facilities to make up for declining state funding. The board is meeting Thursday in Basalt. Members are looking at raising the daily entrance fee by $1 and camping fees at a dozen...

3 years 10 months ago

Four Corners gets new visitor plaza

The monument that marks the spot where Colorado, Arizona, News Mexico and Utah meet has been spruced-up. It has a new plaza and interpretive panels for visitors. A dedication of the new plaza is scheduled for Friday. Randy Bloom of the National Society of Professional Surveyors will speak about...

4 years 1 day ago

Local festival raised $25,000 for charity

If you hoisted a few pints last weekend, you contributed to a successful event that raised $25,000 for charity. The 2010 Springs Beer Fest in Antlers Park drew 1,800 attendees. The $25,000 raised is being donated to Friends of Cheyenne Canon, a non-profit organization and conservation group that...

4 years 1 month ago

My 719 Moms Top 5 parks in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has more than 100 parks. Even though city budget cuts have turned much of our open space into weeds and dry grass, the parks still have plenty of free entertainment to offer. My719Moms.com founder Janay Oliver spent several weeks surveying Colorado Springs parks to find the best...

4 years 2 months ago

Cinco de Mayo celebration in Pueblo

Pueblo has a special connection to Cinco de Mayo. The holiday commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in Pueblo's sister city in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo in the Parks will be celebrated at Bessemer Park in Pueblo until 7pm this evening. The free event will include folklorico dancers, speakers...

4 years 2 months ago

"Paws for Trails" hike planned

Join Wag N' Wash and the Trails and Open Space Coalition for a doggie hike on Saturday, April 24th. All participants receive a special dog "goodie bag" along with a mini-session on dog trail etiquette. Here's a chance for both you and your dog to have a great hike...

4 years 4 months ago

Park maintenance a grass-roots effort

A growing number of people in Colorado Springs are volunteering to clean up their neighborhood parks in response to the city's removal of trash cans from them. Of the 125 neighborhood parks where the waste bins were pulled, some 22 have been adopted. Steve Immel lives across the...

4 years 8 months ago

Parks district explored

It won't be a walk in the park. "With the struggles that we've seen in parks and general and the budgets of both the city and the county I think that it only makes sense on a more regional basis," said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark. County...

4 years 10 months ago

Paying for Parks

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department may cut 75 percent of of its budget next year, leaving little room financially to do more than simply water and mow. Parks director Paul Butcher says the $3.1 million reduction would mean the Pioneers Museum, Rockledge Ranch, most...

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