Widefield Community Park is a 50.5-acre linear park situated along the banks of Crews Gulch in the unincorporated community of Widefield and just north of the City of Fountain. The park is owned and operated by El Paso County, and includes such features as McCrae Reservoir, an 18-basket disc golf course, playground, basketball courts, and a multi-use athletic field with baseball backstop. The Crews Gulch Regional Trail winds through the park, where it travels south to Ceresa Park, Fountain Creek Regional Park, and the Fountain Creek Regional Trail.
The park was acquired, planned, and built originally in the early 1970s. El Paso County Parks has completed the Master Plan update for Widefield Community Park to address not only the current state of the park, but to gather public input to effectively plan for future improvements. In October 2016, El Paso County Parks asked for citizen input to update the master plan, encouraging citizens to first participate in a community-wide online survey. The survey questions addressed favorite features of the park, satisfaction with existing facilities and maintenance, and what additional renovations and/or improvements the community would suggest. The survey results are available to download below.
After the completion and analysis of the survey in mid-October 2016, citizens were invited to participate in the first of two public meetings, which took place at Talbot Elementary School on October 20th. The October meeting presented the results of the online survey and information about the park, and Parks staff asked for further input from the public. The second public meeting took place on February 9, 2017, where Parks staff presented the findings of all public and stakeholder input, master plan goals, as well as the proposed recommended future improvements for Widefield Community Park. On February 10th, the public was invited to download and review the draft Master Plan for a period of three weeks, ending February 28th. The Master Plan was presented to the Park Advisory Board for endorsement on March 8th, and the Board of County Commissioners approved the final Master Plan on March 30th.
Now that the Master Plan has been completed, expect to see numerous improvements to Widefield Community Park during 2017 and 2018.
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.