Fountain Creek Regional Park is a 390-acre linear park situated along the banks of Fountain Creek between the cities of Colorado Springs and Fountain. The park is owned and operated by El Paso County. It includes a creek-side regional trail, Willow Springs Ponds, Hanson Nature Park, and the Fountain Creek Nature Center, the latter of which serves as the focal point for learning about Fountain Creek, the watershed, and riparian ecology. Farther south, the Duckwood active use area consists of a 12 acre site with multi-purpose athletic fields, picnic pavilions, basketball court, and a playground.
The park was acquired and built originally in the late 1980s. A planning process is underway to develop a master plan for Fountain Creek Regional Park to address not only the current state of the park, but to gather public input to effectively plan for future improvements. Beginning in mid-December 2015, El Paso County Parks asked for citizen input to develop the master plan for Fountain Creek Regional Park through participation in a community-wide online survey (see survey results below). The survey questions addressed favorite features of the park, satisfaction with existing facilities and maintenance, and what additional improvements the community would suggest.
Shortly after the completion and analysis of the survey in mid-January 2016, citizens were invited to participate in two public meetings, which took place at Fountain Creek Nature Center on the evenings of January 27th and April 28th. The meetings presented the results of the online survey, master plan goals, site analysis, concept designs, and site-specific improvement plans. At each meeting the public was asked to submit comments regarding various aspects of the plan (see meeting results below). On April 29, 2016, the draft master plan was made available to the public for download and review. Comments were submitted and the Master Plan was revised into the Park Advisory Board Draft Master Plan, which was endorsed by the Board at their June 8th meeting. The Master Plan was presented to the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners for final approval at their June 28th meeting. The first improvements, funded by Ballot Question 1A funds and regional park fees, will begin in the summer and fall of 2016.
For more information, please feel free to contact Ross Williams, El Paso County Community Services Planning Division Park Planner, at 719-520-6984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.