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Colorado Springs is home to a beautiful and extensive system of trails, parks and open spaces that are constantly being improved, expanded and updated.

Legacy Loop

Legacy Loop is an approximately 10 mile trail, park and recreation loop around downtown Colorado Springs defined by the Pikes Peak Greenway on the west and south, the Shooks Run trail on the east, and the Rock Island Corridor to the north.  It is a way to connect, create, and protect our community value, inspired by the legacy and vision of Colorado Springs’ founder General William Jackson Palmer. Palmer’s dream was of a vibrant, livable city where the essential functions of mobility and access are linked to our parks, open space and trails.

Forest Restoration Treatment Notification

The Forestry Division of the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will be conducting forest restoration treatments in Stratton Open Space, Stratton Forest, Bear Creek Canyon Park and University Park beginning mid-January, 2017.

The restoration treatments consist of removing overstocked evergreen trees and reducing the size of Gambel oak clumps. The treatments will focus on a return to a more natural number of trees per acre, a reduction in fuel loading and continuity, removal of insect and disease affected trees and elimination of invasive woody plant species.  This work will be performed by Seedmasters Inc. and MarkIt!, two local, professional forest restoration companies under contract with City Forestry.