COLORADO SPRINGS — An attention-getting installation visible from I-25 through Colorado Springs is now a functioning pedestrian bridge linking America the Beautiful Park and downtown Colorado Springs.
“It's symbolically, in my opinion, a bridge to our future," said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
The bridge's modern design was inspired by "the gravity-defying motion of Olympic athletes," which compliments the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic museum it connects to. Other elements of the bridge include an overlook, an elevator for accessibility, stairs, and a place to roll bikes up and down.
It is named the Park Union Bridge. A designation also given to the redeveloping west side of the downtown area of the city.
"In all my life in Colorado Springs, I can't recall such a short period of time where we've had so much momentum," said Mayor Suthers.
Just years ago, this district was old warehouses and dusty vacant lots considered outside the core of downtown. It is now slotted for more development.
"What felt like the energy of downtown those many years ago has actually grown, because there's interesting things going on in a bigger geography," said Park Union Improvement District Chair Chris Jenkins.