Ute Valley open space grows thanks to conservation effort

Gazette, January 30, 2015

Ute Valley Gateway Open space has grown by 110 acres, the city of Colorado Springs announced Friday.

The newly-conserved tract makes a 203-acre open space on the border of Ute Valley Park, which is 300 acres. The addition allows the city to complete the Ute Valley Trail.

The property was purchased from Hewlett Packard in 2013, and it has been conserved as open space forever thanks to a conservation easement held by Palmer Land Trust, according to a news release sent by the city.

Preservation funding came from the Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, Friends of Ute Valley Park and Lyda Hill.

Public helps shape Master Plan at recent meetings

Ute Valley Park

The second in a series of public meetings to develop an updated Master Plan for Ute Valley Park was held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Eagleview Middle School. Approximately 110 people participated in the meeting.

Information from proposed maps and other ideas generated at the September meeting served as the basis for two alternative plans that were presented at the Nov. 12 meeting. The bulk of the meeting was spent with participants reviewing and responding to the alternatives.

The information gathered from the public during the Sept. 23 meeting is available to review at www.springsgov.com/utevalleymp. Included in the information is ideas groups had for which trails to keep, add or remove. Information on the overall Ute Valley Master Plan process is here.

An open house to review the Draft Master & Management Plan will be held on January 27, 5-7 p.m. at Eagleview Middle School.

Ute Valley Park Master and Management Plan

Now that the HP property has been acquired and nearly doubled Ute Valley Park, the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation is working on updating the Ute Valley Park Master and Management plan. They have been gathering public input from small groups and through surveys of users in the park. Over the last few months, public meetings have been held to get more input as they go through the Master and Management Plan process.

The city has a page with more information including feedback gathered from the small groups and surveys taken in the park. You may have to scroll down to see them. You can find the Ute Valley Master Plan info page here.

An open house will be held at Eagleview Middle School, 1325 Vindicator Drive on January 27th from 5 to 7 PM to review the Draft Master/Management Plan.

Ute Valley Park Master and Management Plan Process

  • June – September 2014 * Assess Existing Park Conditions by city staff, consultant team and Resource Advisory Group
  • June – September 2014 * Identify Issues with focus groups, surveys of park users and community meeting #1
  • September – October 2014 * Develop Possible Approaches by city staff, consultant team and Resource Advisory Group
  • November 2014 * Review and Respond to Possible Approaches at Community Meeting #2
  • November 2014 – January 2015 * Prepare Draft Master/Management Plan by city staff and consultant team
  • January 2015 * Review Draft Master/Management Plan at Community Open House and online
  • March 2015 * Prepare and Approve Final Master and Managment Plan by city staff and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Spruce up the Springs at Ute Valley Park

Spruce up the Springs at Ute Valley Park

June 21st is Spruce Up the Springs at Ute Valley Park. We will have a variety of volunteer opportunities that will focus on trail rehabilitation and trash pick up. Please bring bring water and work gloves. Otherwise, only a smile is required. We will provide supplies and materials.

Register for Spruce up the Springs online at this page or onsite begining at 8:15 am. Lunch will be served at noon, thanks to the generosity of Chick Fil A.

Trail Work 2014

Friends of Ute Valley Park Earth Day Event

Let the trail work season begin! We will be working in Ute Valley Park the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, beginning May 7th with a major Spring cleaning. Work evenings will be from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

As always, all past, present and future work in Ute Valley Park by FUVP has been approved through the City Parks Department.

For the May 7th cleanup, meet at the Vindicator entrance at 5:30 PM. Duties will be a trash cleanup in the park, all are welcome! Go to the Ute Valley Park Spring Cleaning event page to register.

Currently planned trail work days are below. Check the events page for the latest info.

May

  • May 7th
  • May 14th

June

  • June 4th
  • June 18th

July

  • July 2nd
  • July 16th

August

  • August 6th
  • August 20th

September

  • September 3rd
  • September 17th

Parks Master Plan Public Meeting

Every 10 years the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department updates the city-wide Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan which provides long-term vision, goals, and policies to guide their actions throughout the park system.

The last master plan was adopting in 2000 so it’s time to update the plan. Help make this the best plan for the future of our city and our parks by participating in a 90-minute meeting this Wednesday evening.

At this meeting you can learn about the assessment of our current system and trends. You’ll also be able to provide feedback about the draft plan, goals, and strategies. Let the city know that Ute Valley Park is important to you.

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.

Child care provided for ages 3+. Free on-street parking. Parks and Recreation prizes/snacks

Visit www.springsgov.com/parksmasterplan to learn more about the Master Plan update!

Heart Art for the Park

Heart Art Summer Sweet Fundraiser coupon

The kids at Rockrimmon Elementary have created a fundraiser for the Friends of Ute Valley Park. It’s at Summer Sweet Frozen Yogurt at 7142 N. Academy Friday, February 14th from 6-7 PM.

Enjoy the kids’ heart art while you have something sweet. 20% of your purchase will go to the Friends of Ute Valley Park. Click on the above coupon to get a larger image you can print out and take with you.

Celebrate Reaching Major Fundraising Effort

Ute Valley Park

On Saturday, November 23rd, the Friends of Ute Valley Park will be celebrating reaching our major fundraising goal.

As part of the plan to acquire the 203 acres next to Ute Valley Park that was owned by Hewlett Packard, FUVP committed to raising $50k to supplement TOPS money and another $50k for ongoing maintenance. FUVP is extremely happy to announce the successful completion of this major fundraising campaign and to announce a celebration of that achievement.

The acquisition of this new open space addition to Ute Valley Park preserves for generations to come, the natural environment that many people have unknowingly been using as if it were a part of Ute Valley Park. Without the support of the entire community and beyond, we would not have been able to meet our fundraising goal in such a short period of time.

Friends of Ute Valley Park is inviting the community to celebrate the achievement of its major fundraising campaign and acquisition of the Ute Valley Open Space on Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00 AM at the Vindicator Entrance to Ute Valley Park

Trail Work October 20th

Ute Valley Trail Work

Earn your football party by working in Ute Valley Park this Sunday, October 20th, 2013. Meet at the Popes Valley (Pinecliff) entrance at 3 PM on Sunday. We will be working at the bottom of the hill. Wear work gloves, long sleeves and long pants. We will end promptly at 5 PM. so everyone can get to their football parties!

Short Notice Trail Work

Friends of Ute Valley Park Earth Day Event

We have approval for trail work to be done in Ute Valley Park! After consulting the forecast we’re going to do it tomorrow, Wednesday, October 2nd, 4:30 p.m. at the Popes Valley (Pinecliff) entrance.

We will be hiking in from this entrance a short distance and moving shifted soil/sand on the Scrub Oak trail. We will conclude this work promptly at 6:30 p.m.

We need: shovels, rakes and a wheel barrow (make sure you mark them with your name). Everyone must wear covered toe shoes and work gloves. Christine will bring water, snacks and guidance!

More Trail work is coming your way, please look for more information…