Tuesday, April 14, 2015

UPDATE: Venezia Park kickoff postponed

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 1:47 PM

click to enlarge An artist's rendering of the park provided by the city.
  • An artist's rendering of the park provided by the city.

About that weather ... the city has just announced that it actually will force postponement of the groundbreaking ceremony. You can put it on your calendar, instead, for 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 30.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 11:26 A.M. ——-

If you're game to stand out in a field in the rain and possibly snow in chilly temperatures on Thursday morning, then here's your event.

Mayor Steve Bach plans a 10 a.m. launch of John Venezia Park, the long overdue community park at 9330 N. Union Blvd.

You can park off Briargate Parkway just west of Union.

Here's the city's description of the project:
With much anticipation and years of waiting, the John Venezia Community Park is another step closer to becoming a reality.

John Venezia Community Park is located at the southwest corner of Union Boulevard and Briargate Parkway. The park site is approximately 110 acres and will provide a long-awaited recreational space in the northeast part of the City. Thirty acres will be developed, while 80 acres will be left as open space to protect the Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse habitat.

The park will have a ranch theme with elements designed to resemble what would be traditionally found on a homestead. Elements such as the homestead (picnic pavilions), the corral (Universally Accessible Playground), watering hole (spray ground), fruit orchards, and the range (multi-use sport fields, tennis courts, basketball/inline hockey court, pickleball courts, and a playground) will take park visitors back to the time when much of Colorado was used for ranching. Venezia Park will have the second Universally Accessible Playground in Colorado Springs.
The park is named for the long-time developer who developed the master plan for Briargate, one of the biggest if not the biggest subdivisions in the city. While other parts of the city have large parks, such as Palmer Park, Memorial Park and Garden of the Gods, the northeast has been left out over the years.

You can find more information, such as the cost, here.

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