COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs city crews are working to clean up the section of Spring Creek between Pikes Peak Ave and Airport Rd on the southeast side of the city.
The 19-acres of open space is over-run with invasive plant species that dominate native flora along the creek bed. The goal is to return this section of the creek to a more native, natural area.
On top of clearing out the invasive plants, crews have picked up about 80 tons of trash.
"It used to be a bird sanctuary. I don't know if a lot of people remember that, but kind of a beautiful area that had natural habitat. And, over the years, you know, we've had a lot of invasive species type vegetation that's kind of made its way in there. Really taken over and it's really limited our ability in the past to maintain it and keep up that natural habitat," Richard Mulledy, Colorado Springs Stormwater Division Manager said.
The first phase of the restoration project should be complete in March.