Monday, September 11, 2017

Strawberry Hill Master Plan among many public meetings ahead

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:18 PM

click to enlarge Another planning meeting about development of Strawberry Hill open space will be held on Tuesday evening. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Another planning meeting about development of Strawberry Hill open space will be held on Tuesday evening.
If you're looking for something to do in the next couple of days to engage in civic affairs, there are several options.

First, those involved in the construction business might be interested in this inaugural event:
The Water Resources Engineering Division, in partnership with the City’s Operations and Maintenance Division, is introducing a new Construction Best Management Practices (BMPs) Field Training Academy to provide hands-on training for implementing construction BMPs to control erosion and sedimentation at local construction sites. The academy is one of only two in Colorado and the only BMP academy in southern Colorado. This inaugural “trail class” will be attended by staff from the City and local agencies, and will consist of installation and evaluation of BMPs in the field.

WHAT: Construction Best Management Practices Field Training Academy
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 12; 9-11 a.m. or 1:30-3:30p.m.
9-11 a.m. Participants will install and evaluate BMPs
1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants will apply water to the BMPs to observe
performance under simulated stormwater conditions.

WHERE: Colorado Springs BMP Academy Training Site
1847 Hancock Express, between Hwy 24 and S. Union Blvd.

Attendees will be divided into small groups and rotate through several stations as they install BMPs in accordance with specifications for each station. After installation and student evaluation, water will be applied to the BMPs to observe its actual performance under simulated storm water conditions.
If you're just wanting to hide and watch, here are two meetings that might interest you:

The first is a planning meeting for the 189-acre Strawberry Hill Master Plan on Tuesday evening. This property was obtained by The Broadmoor last year from the city. The Broadmoor plans to build a stable and picnic pavilion on a small chunk of land and open the remainder to the public under a conservation easement.
What: Third in a series of public meetings to gather input for development of the Strawberry Hill Master Plan.

Who: N.E.S., Inc. and its team of specialists on behalf of The Broadmoor

Why: The planning process is intended to fulfill commitments made as part of the land exchange between the City of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor, meet requirements under the City zoning code for park property, and to comply with legal conditions established within the Conservation Easement administered by Palmer Land Trust that exists on the property.

Attendees: N.E.S Inc. project team, Palmer Land Trust, and citizens interested in the project

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Rd., front entrance Kiva area

Parking: Available at the front entrance

Meeting Format: A review by N.E.S. representatives and its team of specialists about the master plan process, schedule and key aspects involved, small group breakout session discussing social trails and other resources associated with the property and a Q&A session.

Project Information:
Secondly, the city is planning a major overhaul of Pikes Peak Avenue. Learn more about that project at a public meeting Tuesday evening.
A community open house to review the final plans for the Pikes Peak Avenue Reconstruction project has been scheduled for:

Day: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 5:30 – 7p.m.
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church Gymnasium
828 E. Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs 80903

Project team members will be available to review reconstruction details and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation, so the community is invited to stop by any time to view displays and provide feedback. Construction is expected to begin mid-September and conclude the summer of 2019.

The project will reconstruct Pikes Peak Avenue’s deteriorating pavement, concrete curb, pedestrian ramps, and utilities between the Shooks Run Trail and Printers Parkway. Pikes Peak Avenue will remain open with one lane traveling in each direction. Motorists should expect delays. Access to all businesses will be provided.

For more information, contact the project hotline at 719-593-9239 or email at Information and traffic impacts are also available on the project website at

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