On April 5, the Colorado Springs Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services announced on its Facebook page that it had temporarily closed parking, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the Blodgett Open Space South Trailhead. , “…to reduce after-hours, unauthorized access that has led to vandalism and defacement of city property.” In an email, TOPS Ranger Supervisor Gillian Rossi (Trails, Open Spaces and Parks) of the Parks Department, explained that “[t]The service is working on the installation of barriers on the two car parks [for Blodgett Open Space] and will contract after-hours closures to curb this activity and reopen the South Lot once installation is complete. Once the gate to the north lot is operational, the south lot will be reopened during park hours and a security company will lock the gates to both lots each evening.” Rossi further said the closure of properties in the Department of Parks, such as at Palmer Park, Garden of the Gods, and North Cheyenne Cañon Park, have successfully “secured” these locations.”Parking is always available during park hours in the North Lot and along Woodmen Road.”
No timeline was given for the installation of the doors.
In last week’s column, I wrote about the Colorado Springs Department of Public Works Bridge Replacement Project in North Cheyenne Cañon Park, which has closed the park’s main paved road since last fall. Shortly after this column was published, the city’s project webpage was changed to indicate that the completion date had changed from May 31 to “summer 2022.” I interviewed Aaron Egbert, the city manager for this project, to clarify when the project will be finished, and as you might expect, the devil is in the details. And the weather. And the supply chain. It is complicated. You can get the latest from my interview with Egbert near the start of my recent podcast, here.
April 16-24 is National Parks Week, marked by a wide variety of events at National Park Service sites across the country. As a bonus, April 16 is a free day at NPS sites, with entry fees to all NPS sites being waived for the day. Other fees, such as for events and campgrounds, still apply. It’s a good day to visit the closest NPS site to Colorado Springs, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Be wise. Do good things. Leave no traces.