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Colorado Springs Riverfront

New tubing and riverfront park proposed in this Colorado city

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An area of Colorado Springs may be getting a makeover that is perfect for families, fish and birds!

A group of community stakeholders wants to revitalize a seven-mile stretch of Monument and Fountain Creeks in Colorado Springs with spots for tubing and kayaking, as well as waterfronts and opportunities for neighborhood development. The vision presented to city council has five different segments, including a potential revamp of the north side of Monument Valley Park and the addition of a beach for water recreation near America the Beautiful Park. 

“Fountain and Monument creeks have adequate flows to support a variety of recreation activities including, but not limited to, float tubing, beginner kayaking, informal water play and fishing. The amount of water varies throughout the year, providing additional seasonal recreation opportunities,” the page reads. Other goals for the project include restoring the natural function of the creeks, creating a signature place for water play and being a catalyst for reinvestment and economic vitality.

The multi-million dollar proposal for the Colorado Springs waterways would seek funding from grants, philanthropists, and a potential bond issue by the city and the hope is it will be underway in one to three years.

A master plan would have to be reviewed by the city planning commission before any progress could be made on the vision, as dictated by city code. It would then go before the City Council for a vote. Residents would also be asked to weigh-in.

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-CPR, Abigail Beckman

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