Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Beaches, boats & bikes on the Fountain Creek Watershed

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

The Greenway Fund board chair Andrea Barker, of HB&A Architecture and Planning, is seeking community input for a study looking into the future of recreation opportunities along the Fountain Creek Watershed

The group will host an open house meeting from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday March 16 at  HB&A’s office at 102 E. Moreno Ave. Here's all the details from an invite letter:

The Greenway Fund is beginning a visioning study on future recreational opportunities within and along the creeks in our Fountain Creek Watershed. Our starting point of study is in a stretch of the Monument Creek channel from Criterium Bicycles south to Creekside at America the Beautiful Park. We are holding an open house for community and stakeholder input on Wednesday March 16th. Please come share your ideas for how Colorado Springs could begin to activate our waterways beyond our existing greenway trail, and help us identify the current barriers and obstacles that are preventing community recreation in and along the waterways.

We have titled the study: Beaches, Boats, & Bikes

Beaches because we are interested in exploring access to sandbars for possible beachball volleyball and other sand based leisure activities. What sandy play activities capture your imagination for Monument Creek?

Boats because we’d like to figure the potential for inner tube floating, kayak runs, and possibly stand up paddle boards for flat water floating. We are looking for inspiration for what our channel flows can handle and how new projects for the channel might accommodate and assist in various floatation methods.

Bikes from fat bikes on the sand bars to mountain bikes navigating single track runs up and down drop structures, our creeks may provide a variety of courses for various skill levels. The Urban Single Track Project has proven the viability of trail sections along the creek, could their routes include stretches up and down drop structures?

click to enlarge Have a say in how we'll play along local waterways. - COURTESY THE GREENWAY FUND
  • Courtesy The Greenway Fund
  • Have a say in how we'll play along local waterways.

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