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How would you use $2 million to fix downtown parks in the Springs?

Posted at 6:07 AM, Jan 28, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — If you had $2 million to spend on improvements to downtown parks in Colorado Springs, how would you spend that money?

It's a question you'll get to answer at a public meeting Tuesday night hosted by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

Three parks will be at the center of discussion: Acacia, Antlers and Alamo Square parks.

Officials with the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department have already gathered opinions from focus groups, an online survey, and in-person interviews.

The results of their findings will be presented at this meeting to get feedback.

If you voted in this past election, you may remember seeing measure 2B on your ballot.

In November, voters gave the city the go-ahead to spend $7 million to improve parks with $2 million of that will go toward the older parks that may have been neglected these past few years.

News5 spoke to some people who use the parks often. The improvements they named ranged from cleanliness to simply wanting more to do.

"Since there is an intense littering problem on certain days, there should be stiffer fines," William said.

William has been a Colorado Springs resident since 1992. He also said he likes the family-friendly environment downtown.

"I see relaxing, kids playing, it seems all well-balanced," William said.

Angeline Hartwell is a New Jersey native but loves the scenery downtown, especially from Antlers.

"I love the view, but I would love to see festivals to get people together more, sharing the love," Hartwell said.

Others we spoke with did not want to be interviewed on camera, but talked about safety concerns.

From community activities to keeping it clean, whatever you want to see, Tuesday night is your chance to say it.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the city auditorium.