Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Have a say in the future of parks

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

County parks are a great way to enjoy the outdoors.
Those who feel passionate about parks have an excellent opportunity to have an effect on their future.

El Paso County has finished a draft master plan for its parks, and is seeking the public's input on the document. Interested folks may comment via e-mail or at a meeting coming up on Thursday, April 18.

Read on for more details:

El Paso County staff, consultants and citizens have been working together since mid-2012 to update the Parks Master Plan, a guiding document for improvement and acquisition of parks, trails and open space. Many people took advantage of surveys and meetings last year to express their views on parks and recreation issues and needs.

The draft Master Plan is now available for public review here.

Citizens can see how their concerns have been addressed and to comment on recommended actions and projects.

El Paso County Parks will be holding a Public Open House for the Parks Master Plan Update on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, in the Hearing Room on the second floor. The address is 2880 International Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Staff, consultants and Master Plan Committee members will be available to provide information and receive citizen input.

Following the Open House, the Master Plan will be refined based on public and committee member comments and will be presented to the El Paso County Park Advisory Board on May 8. A work session with the Board of County Commissioners is also tentatively planned in May. The Park Advisory Board will make a recommendation to the Planning Commission, which has the final approval authority.

Public input is encouraged through April 19 and may also be provided to elainekleckner@elpasoco.com.

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