South Suburban Reservoir

South Suburban Reservoir will close for the winter starting Oct. 14.

You'll have to find a different place to take your puppies for a frolic in the water, because starting Oct. 14 the South Suburban Reservoir adjacent to Stratton Open Space will be closed to the public through the spring of 2021.

The popular destination for dog owners usually closes seasonally, Colorado Springs Utilities said in a release.

The longer-than-usual closing this year will ensure public safety while water levels are reduced in the reservoir to facilitate a periodic, required inspection of the dam by the State Engineer’s Office, the release said.

The reservoir was built in 1932, and serves as local water storage. It has a capacity of 241 acre-feet of water, or 326,000 gallons. The typical Colorado household uses a half acre-foot of water per year.

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Pam Zubeck is a graduate from Emporia State University. She worked at the Tulsa Tribune before coming to Colorado Springs, where she spent 16 years at the Gazette and in 2009 joined Colorado Publishing House.