COLORADO SPRINGS – There is a major park investment in the works for a little used public park covering 13-acres in southeastern Colorado Springs. Near the intersection of Fountain Blvd and Powers Blvd you’ll find the little used Panorama Park. When News5 visited, it was a people-free zone.
A closer view at Panorama Park shows a decent playground, a picnic area with a single table, and a ball field where an undisturbed infield allows weeds to grow.
Compare that to the new Venezia Park along Briargate which boasts a wide-range of attractions, a well-kept field, and a wealth of visitors anytime the sun is out.
While there is less space at Panoramic Park, planners want to bring a similar feel to the area.
“We are still in the community gathering phase, idea phase, working with our consultant who’ll be designing the the park for the community and taking all of their input and putting that into a really creative and unique master plan,” explains Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Director Karen Palus.
Funding started with $935,000 from a combination of grants. Now there is a $350,000 addition with a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant. Nearly $1.3 million, with hopes of expanding the budget more.
“It will be the largest neighborhood park rehabilitation that we’ve done in this community,” said Palus.
The plan is to bring in attractions to draw the 3,000 people who live within 10 minutes of the park to their local attraction to liven up the area.