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Plan for reopening Manitou Incline is under consideration

Posted at 8:36 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 23:04:02-04

MANITOU SPRINGS — The Manitou Springs City Council met Thursday to consider a coronavirus-safe plan to reopen the Incline.

The Incline is accessed in Manitou Springs, but Colorado Springs and the Forest Service own the property.

Manitou blocked access to the Incline in March over safety concerns related to COVID-19.

Thursday night, Colorado Springs Parks leaders presented a plan including a free reservation system to prevent crowds.

That system would allow 45 people into the Incline every 30 minutes.

"That'll allow people coming up to be able to spread apart and allow us to check them in. We'll give them these little wrist bands and then up they go their favorite trails," said Colorado Springs Park Director Karen Palus.

Manitou is also looking at more restrictions to parking.

This is an interim proposal that is only for the duration of COVID-19 precautions.

An official vote on the proposal is set for next Tuesday. If it's approved the Incline could open within a day or two of that vote.