The Operations Division manages more than 8,000 acres of park land and open space, 109 miles of trails, and a variety of recreation facilities.
We make every effort to provide safe, clean and green facilities for our residents to enjoy. We also provide ground maintenance for all County office buildings.
Our Regional Parks offer a large area of parkland with recreation resource values of regional and community significance. Regional Trails provides recreational enjoyment, links, and access to recreation areas of regional significance and local communities, as well as commuting opportunities. Open Space is generally described as an area with important natural, cultural, historic, or visual resource values that has been purposefully protected.
Neighborhood Parks have small areas that support a variety of outdoor recreation experiences at a local level and may include recreational activities such as picnicking, field sports, walking, and nature study and observation.
Recreation Areas provide an area with recreation opportunities and dominant natural and/or cultural resources.
Parks Administration Office
2002 Creek Crossing Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(In Bear Creek Park Regional Park, SE of 21st & Rio Grande)
The El Paso County Park and Recreation District was formed in 1971 to provide the parks and recreation facilities needed to serve a rapidly growing population. The Department’s initial policies gave high priority to the development of park-lands in urbanized but unincorporated areas of the County. This was in an effort to reduce pressure on City of Colorado Springs facilities and programs. Within five years, the Department had completed construction of or allocated funds for the construction of parks in sixteen areas of the County. Regional trails were also a priority, and the spines of primary regional trails were established in cooperation with other jurisdictions.
It became apparent, however, that maintenance of these areas was going to become an increasingly difficult financial challenge. In September of 1976, the Board of County Commissioners established a parks division. They also re-chartered the role of the division to emphasize the provision of large, regional-scale parks and abandon the effort to provide neighborhood parks and programs.
The regional parks were designed to include a developed portion with facilities such as turfed, multi-purpose play fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, archery range, disc golf course, dog parks, equestrian skills course, picnic areas with pavilions for group activities, restrooms, and green space for unstructured activities.
Brian Bobeck, Parks Operation Manager
Brian Bobeck joined El Paso County Parks in 2017. He was Parks Superintendent for the City of Farmington, New Mexico managing a staff of 31 full-time employees and overseeing a large and diverse park system. Prior to his employment in Farmington, Bobeck worked in the private sector for 17 years overseeing golf course, athletic field, and parks construction and maintenance contracts. Bobeck has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture / Recreation Areas Management and Horticulture from New Mexico State University. Bobeck is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree.
Adam Baker, East District Supervisor
Adam has been part of the El Paso County Parks team since 2000 and began as a seasonal employee at Bear Creek Regional Park. He later became a full time employee and in April of 2015 received a promotion to the East District Maintenance Supervisor. His area of responsibility is the eastern portion of the county. Which runs from Meridian Road to the county line and includes Homestead Ranch Regional Park, Paint Mines Regional Park, Rock Island Regional Trail and the Fairgrounds.
Nathan Robinson, North District Supervisor
Nathan began working for El Paso County Parks in May of 2014 as a Parks Maintenance I in the Central District. During his time in the Central District, Nathan was promoted to Park Maintenance II and Park Maintenance III position and was responsible for turf and landscape maintenance of 15 County Facilities. In December 2016, Nathan was promoted to North District Supervisor. He is responsible for all North District Parks including Fox Run Regional Park, Black Forest Regional Park, Black Forest Section 16, portions of the Santa Fe Regional Trail, and various other trails. Nathan has also been involved in the early development of several new open spaces in the North District which include The Pineries and Elephant Rock.
Kyle Melvin, Central District Supervisor
Kyle began his career with El Paso County Parks in November of 2012 as a Park Maintenance II in the East District. In the summer of 2013 he was received a promotion to Park Maintenance III position in the Central District and was responsible for the turf and landscape maintenance of 15 County Facilities. In November of 2014 Kyle received a promotion to Park Supervisor, Central District Parks. He is currently responsible for Regional Development Building, Centennial Hall, Pikes Peak Center, Sheriff’s Building, Professional Building, County Court House , Metro Jail , Criminal Justice Center, Fathering Center, Visitation Center, Community Service Center, County DMV, Fleet Management Facility, Emergency Response Facility, Metro Parking Garage, CSU Extension Office, County Health Department, Bear Creek Regional Park, Bear Creek Dog Park, Bear Creek Nature Center, Rainbow Falls Recreational Area, Ute Pass Regional Trail and Jones Park.
Patrick Salamon, South District Supervisor
Pat Salamon has been working for El Paso County since 2008. He was part of the North District team until June of 2015, at which time he received a promotion to the South District Supervisor. He is responsible for all South District Parks from South Circle Drive and south to Clear Springs Ranch Recreation Area. This includes Fountain Creek Regional Park, Fountain Creek Nature Center, Willow Springs, Widefield Park, McCrea Reservoir, Stratmoor Valley Trailhead, Stratmoor Hills Park, Ceresa Park, Fountain Creek Regional Trail, Crews Gulch Trail, Hanson Trailhead, and various County facility grounds. Pat has attended the CSU Master Gardener program and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Pesticide Applicator, Public Drinking Water Operator and a Level I Water Distribution Operator.
Randy Smith, Operations Supervisor
Randy has the longest tenure as an employee of the operations Division. Randy began his County career as a part time employee in 1986. In 1989, Randy became a full time parks employee as a skilled craftsman I. Randy received a promotion to the operations supervisor position in October of 2015. His areas of responsibility include involvement with all major construction projects, major maintenance, utility repair and work orders to help keep all Parks facilities functional. Randy is also the historian for the division and the expert on underground utilities location, irrigation maintenance as well as a variety of other skill sets to include carpentry and electrical repairs.