COLORADO SPRINGS — A multi-million dollar construction project will soon bring more entertainment options to Colorado Springs.
New construction within Polaris Pointe near North Gate will include Crush Golf — a modern, year-round driving range — and AirCity360, a fun center featuring trampoline areas and a ninja course.
Gary Erickson is the Polaris Pointe developer. The Colorado Springs native said it's fun to contribute to growth in his hometown, which is much different from the city he grew up in.
"When I was a young child, Academy Boulevard was a dirt path that I rode my mini bike and go-kart on," Erickson said.
And the city continues to explode with growth, evident with his project.
Right now, crews are moving dirt to prepare to lay the foundation in a matter of weeks.
Erickson, who talked with Top Golf about bringing that brand here, said he couldn't wait for them to join on. He wanted to deliver a new experience to Colorado Springs.
"We've all gone to Denver for the activities. It's kind of a planned date night trip every Friday night to go to Denver to have fun. We're trying to create that at Polaris Pointe," Erickson said.
So why the north end of town?
Erickson said it's about meeting the community where they are, especially with the new Powers Boulevard connection to I-25 coming down the road.
Internal estimates suggest around 120,000 cars could travel that interchange everyday, giving Polaris Pointe plenty of clientele.
"I-25 and Powers interchange will be our number 1 interchange in El Paso County, so this is where it needs to be," Erickson.
Growth taking shape elsewhere on the north side
Erickson's Polaris Pointe project isn't the only noticeable new construction on the northern side of Colorado Springs.
The shell of a future Scheels sporting goods store is starting to take shape off Interquest. Scheels is expected to open in April 2021, bringing more than 300 jobs to the area.
Erickson said he expects to open Crush Golf in early 2021.