Stage 1 burn restrictions issued for El Paso County
The following restrictions are in effect immediately: March 17, 2017
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has officially issued burn restrictions because of high fire danger, brought on by extreme dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures.
Under Stage 1 fire restrictions, the following things are illegal in El Paso County:
1. Open fire and open burning except fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, or private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.
2. The sale or use of fireworks.
3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of and cleared of all flammable materials.
For More Information see the informational flyer here: Fire-8.5x11.pdf
2016 Innovation Award Recipients
Pictured L to R: Todd Marts, Nancy Bernard, Ian Wilson, Mary Jo Lewis and Maria Petkash.
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners honored nine County employees with “Innovation Awards” at the regular meeting on Thursday, March 9.
“It’s unbelievable how much innovation we have within our community and our county,” said Board President Darryl Glenn. “We are a customer service organization. And these are teams and individuals that have really taken to heart the ability to give back and make all our lives easier.”
The program began in 2014 to encourage and reward a spirit of innovation among County employees. Award nominees are required to meet one of the following criteria:
• Innovative change in a current process or service that resulted in a distinct and quantifiable improvement
• New project that has improved customer service or addressed an unmet need
• Innovative idea that resulted in a significant cost savings
A dozen nominations were made by County employees and submitted to a committee for evaluation to determine the winners.
Nancy Bernard, Mary Joe Lewis, Maria Petkash, and Ian Wilson – all members of the Innovative Programming Team – won for putting together “innovative and unique” recreational and cultural programs and events during 2016 at the County’s parks and nature centers. Benefits these programs include:
1) Increased use of the county’s park facilities with more than 3,000 people attending various events.
2) More than $36,000 in revenue to support the County Parks programs.
3) Expanded opportunities to network as dozens of public, private and nonprofit organizations joined to support the programs and events.
“Coming up with those unique, innovative ideas is a challenge and this group has really done a wonderful job,” said Recreation and Cultural Services Division Manager Todd Marts, who nominated the four award recipients.
2016 Partners in the Park
The El Paso County Parks Advisory Board honored four community donors as 2016 Partners in the Park with plaques at their January meeting. The 2016 Partners in the park are:
• Bob and Elly Hostetler for Fox Run Regional Park: The Hostetler’s are founding partners and have been supporting Fox Run Regional Park since 2009.
• Heuberger Subaru for Bear Creek Dog Park and Fox Run Dog Park: Heuberger Subaru has supported the Bear Creek Dog Park since 2010 and provided additional support for Fox Run Dog Park starting in 2013.
• GE Johnson Construction Company for Bear Creek Regional Park: GE Johnson has been a valuable partner supporting Bear Creek Regional Park for the past three years. GE Johnson also constructed a new bridge in the Bear Creek Regional Park in 2013.
• Gold Hill Mesa is the newest Partner with El Paso County Parks, supporting the Bear Creek Nature Center for the past two years.
If you are interesting in becoming a Partner in the Park, contact Dana Nordstrom at (719)520-6983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restroom Winterization Schedule
Please be advised that most Park restrooms will close to the season on October 31st and reopen on April 1, 2017.
The following Park restrooms do not require winterization and will remain OPEN year around:
Fox Run Regional Park - Warming Hut restroom only
Black Forest Regional Park
Fountain Creek Regional Park
Bear Creek Dog Park
Bear Creek Regional Park - East location only from 7am - 9pm
Fountain Creek Regional Park Closure and Repair Notice
- Please be advised that the Public Water System is down at Fountain Creek Regional Park. This affects all restrooms, sinks and drinking fountains. All restrooms are closed but portable restrooms are available. If your event requires water, please be prepared to bring your own drinking water.
- Please be advised that field #1 at Fountain Creek Regional Park is closed for maintenance until Spring 2017.
Current Park / Trail Closures
Updated: Feb. 8, 2017
Several park and trail facilities were damaged by flooding events in the spring of 2015. A Federal Disaster Declaration was made on July 16 for flood damages occurring May 4 through June 26. Estimates for damages, debris removal and emergency response for County Parks are over $3 Million. Staff is providing site tours for State and FEMA officials.
Rainbow Falls Recreation Area
The Site is CLOSED until further notice. Parks will be making additional improvements to the park while Fountain Creek flows are low.
Rock Island Regional Trail
The Trail is closed 1.20 miles east of Woodmen Road (before Judge Orr) until further notice due to a washout of a pedestrian bridge.
Ute Pass Regional Trail
The trail is closed from Crystola Canyon Road south to Green Mountain Falls Road due to trail washouts.
Fountain Creek Regional Trail
1. The Hanson Trailhead is closed in addition to area trails. The bridge across Fountain Creek near the trailhead is also closed.
2. The trail section through the Stratmoor Valley Trailhead is damaged due to creek bank failures and trail washouts. A detour is available. The playground is open.
3. The trail sections near Willow Springs Ponds and Highway 16 underpass is damaged due to creek bank failures and washout of trails. A detour is available.
Clear Springs Ranch
Trail closed at low water crossing approximately ¼ mile north of the trailhead.
Regional Park Trails
Numerous trails in regional parks have been impacted by flooding. Park users are advised to use caution on all regional park trails.
For all Trail questions please feel free to call the Park Administration office at (719)520-7529.