Based on projected population growth and public surveys in the El Paso County Parks Master Plan in 2013, developing a nature center in northern El Paso County was established as an objective. It was also identified as an objective in the 2017-2021 El Paso county Strategic Plan.
We are happy that the first phase of the Fox Run Nature Center has been completed with the Feasibility Report. Altitude land Consultants, with Tremmel Design Group, started with a series of meetings with staff, stakeholders, and the public in Northern El Paso County. The purpose was to analyze and evaluate location and research potential partnerships/collaborations, public support, revenue sources, construction costs, and long-term maintenance and staffing.
“Based on detailed site analysis, extensive public input, discussions with stakeholders, thorough financial analysis, and a desire for a site that inspires and captivates, the Feasibility Study recommends Fox Run Regional Park as the location for a Nature Center in Northern El Paso County.” The public support and popularity of the park will provide a great start to the new nature center programs and events. For several years the nature camps in Fox Run Regional Park have filled to capacity and guided hikes and programs are always very popular. The park also offers a wonderful example of the greater Black Forest ecology and will serve local schools with a new option for field trips.
View the feasibility study here
The second step included developing a Mater Interpretive Plan, which was completed in October of 2020.
View the Master Interpretive Plan here
The next steps include site plans and architectural design. With each step, we will always include public input. We will strive to make the facility fit into the park with minimal impact and opportunity for visitors to see the park and enjoy all that it has to offer. Thank you to the planning team and the numerous staff, volunteers, and residents that made the feasibility study and the Master Interpretive Plan a success. Serving Northern El Paso County and sharing the wonders of the Black Forest will strengthen the current nature centers, and programs and help us continue our mission to connect and inspire stewards for our Parks.