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El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services Department Master Plan (2005)
El Paso County Parks, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides a unique opportunity for dog owners to exercise their dogs “off leash” at the Bear Creek Dog Park. A 25 acre portion of natural area in Bear Creek Regional Park was designated for people to exercise their dog off-leash while under voice command. The area is separated from the rest of the park to avoid conflicts with other park users. There is a ¾ mile loop trail and ⅓ mile of access to Bear Creek where dogs can play in the cool water. Approximately ½ of the park is fenced to help reduce user conflicts within the park. Since it’s inception in 1996, the area has grown in popularity. The 30 car parking lot which serves the area is full much of the time with an average daily usage of 80-100 people and 150-200 dogs.
A recently-formed volunteer group has adopted the Dog Park to assist El Paso County Parks with maintenance, communications, and donations. LOOP (Lovers of Off-Leash Parks) has solicited pick-up bag donations, built bag dispensers, and organized volunteer clean-up days. A lot of passion surrounds the Dog Park.