The Parks & Community Services Department provides a variety of programs and services that are valued by our residents and enhance the quality of life in El Paso County.

Executive Director of Community Services and Parks and Recreation Todd Marts

Executive Director,

Todd Marts


(719) 520-6399 Telephone

Parks Trails and Open Space Questions


Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Office Closed Legal Holidays


2002 Creek Crossing St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Divisions & Services

We are open, honest, and respectful in our work and communication. We build trust by transparently publishing data and analytics on our finances, the condition of our infrastructure, and our progress toward our strategic objectives.


Learn about our amazing El Paso County Parks

Recreation & Cultural Services

Learn about events and activities happening at El Paso County parks and open spaces

Environmental Division

Learn about the programs and services offered for your environmental needs

Colorado State University Extension

Access 4-H and agricultural resources here

Community Outreach

Get involved with El Paso County Parks

Parks Planning

Learn about and participate in the Parks Planning process

El Paso County Fair & Event Center

Learn about year-round activities and events happening at the El Paso County Fair & Event Center including the annual El Paso County Fair

Nature Centers

Learn about and participate in events and activities going on at one of our award-winning nature centers

Management Team

Meet the administration for the Parks & Community Services Department

Awards and Recognition

Learn about the many local and national awards received by the Parks & Community Services Department

Awarded Grants

Learn about the grants received by the Parks & Community Services Department

Boards & Commissions

Learn about and participate in Parks and Community Services by volunteering on a board or commission

Featured Parks & Community Services News

Fishing 101

Friday, February 2, 3-5pm at Bear Creek Nature Center Have an interest in fishing but don’t know where to begin? Come learn all about freshwater fishing as we explore the exciting opportunities our state has to offer. With Colorado being one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the world, we want you to feel…

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Intro to Indoor Gardening

Saturday, February 17, 9am-12pm at Bear Creek Nature Center Winter is a great time to start an indoor garden! Head to Bear Creek Nature Center for an indoor gardening and repotting class. Bring your plants and new pots to learn from two Master Gardeners from CSU Extension about all the do’s and don’ts about transferring…

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Group of seven adults faces camera, smiling, in an outdoor winter setting with an evergreen tree in the background.

Active Adults: Full Moon Hike at Santa Fe Open Space

Tuesday, January 23, 5:00 p.m. 199 County Line Rd, Palmer Lake, CO 80133 Santa Fe Open Space in Palmer Lake is one of El Paso County’s newest Open Spaces. Meet at the Palmer Lake Recreation Area and take a stroll to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful area under January’s full “Wolf Moon”.…

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