Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Help build the Pikes Peak Summit Complex

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge Mayor John Suthers helps launch a fundraising campaign for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex on July 30. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Mayor John Suthers helps launch a fundraising campaign for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex on July 30.
Want to be able to say, "I helped build that!" when the Pikes Peak Summit Complex opens next fall?

Then get out your wallet and write a check to the "My Mountain" campaign, Mayor John Suthers urged residents to do, after he was the first to make a donation.

The city said in a news release Suthers donated his loose change at Ent Credit Union's University Service Center on July 30.

“The sense of pride and ownership of this mountain that’s felt by members of our community is and always has been palpable, and now our generation has a chance to contribute to this incredible legacy,” Suthers said in a news release. “The ‘My Mountain’ campaign is an exciting opportunity for everyone who has ever felt a connection to Pikes Peak to rally together and offer their support to preserve and protect this treasured destination.”

The complex will cost $60 million and is funded in part by reserves from the city enterprise, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, which charges tools and collects money from concession sales.

The city set the goal for public and private donations at $15 million, of which $7 million has yet to be raised.

Hence Suthers' plea.

You can donate at any of Ent's 24 southern Colorado locations and via phone at 719-574-1100 or 800-525-6923 through the end of the year.

The project is to open in the fall of 2020, replacing the Summit House built in 1963. It's a collaboration among the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Office, tribal representatives and the summit’s five major permit holders: the City of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, The Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the U.S. Army High-Altitude Research Laboratory and Colorado Springs Utilities.

The contractor is GE Johnson of Colorado Springs. Architects are local firm RTA Architects and GWWO Architects of Baltimore.

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