2021 El Paso County Parks Master Plan Update

Online Forum

Parks are better when citizens have a voice in their planning and development. El Paso County is proud to launch EPCountyParkPlan.com, an online forum allowing citizens the ability to provide input for the 2021 El Paso County Parks Master Plan.

An Open House is being held Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 80906. If you are unable to attend you may send public comment to teresaj@greenplayllc.com. The deadline is June 1.

Stage Two Burn BanStage II Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated El Paso County
Due to the continued gusty winds, low humidity values, dry conditions, and the National Weather Service forecast for continued dry and warmer than normal weather has created a very high to extreme fire danger rating, Sheriff Bill Elder has ordered Stage II Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. Combined with recent dry and record hot temperatures, one spark has the potential to quickly spread into a dangerous wildfire. The Stage II Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately.

These restrictions will be effective on May 16, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (MDT). The Order remains in effect until rescinded.

The following activities are prohibited during Stage II Fire Restrictions:

– Open burning is defined as campfires and warming fires, charcoal grills and outdoor wood-burning stoves, the use of explosives, outdoor welding, or the use of acetylene or other torches with open flames other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. All types of grilling on El Paso County Park property is strictly prohibited at this time.

– The use or sale of fireworks of all kinds.
– Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Violations of Stage II Fire Restrictions in Unincorporated El Paso County may result in a fine up to $1000.

Please see this link: https://bit.ly/34odVsA , for current Burn Ban guidelines to be clear on what is and what is not allowed during this enacted ban. With this information, El Paso County citizens will be able to avoid legal ramifications due to burning outside of the scope of the ban.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office urges all citizens of and visitors to Colorado Springs and Unincorporated El Paso County to abide by the Order and share in the responsibility of keeping our community safe. Please report any suspected violations of the Order by calling 719-390-5555.

MR 22-054

Parks Administration Office
(719) 520-7529
2002 Creek Crossing Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(In Bear Creek Park Regional Park, Southeast of 21st & Rio Grande)

2019 El Paso County Parks Volunteer of the Year

The El Paso County Park Advisory Board hereby acknowledges the exemplary volunteer service of Mark and Debbie Bibb and has selected them for the 2019 El Paso County Parks Volunteer of the Year Award. Mark and Debbie Bibb have been instrumental in designing, creating and developing the Equestrian Skills Course at Bear Creek Regional Park that allows equestrian riders and horses the opportunity to train and experience navigating obstacles found on wilderness trails. They have coordinated ongoing workdays and organized fundraising events benefiting the Equestrian Skills and have established the Equestrian Skills Course Friends Group to support the development and management of the Skills Course. The Bibbs have volunteered at National Trails Day events, Tiny Tots Games, and Calhan Country Christmas. They have actively supported El Paso County Parks at Board of County Commissioners and other public meetings.

For more information about the Equestrian Skills Course visit their website: https://www.equestrianskillscourse.org/

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Map showing location of all Parks Trails and Open spaces for El Paso County Parks