Colorado Springs

New plans set for historic Rainbow Falls site

Rainbow Falls set to reopen in June

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After severe flooding in 2013, followed by a lot of graffiti, the historic Rainbow Falls in Manitou Springs is set to reopen next month.

It's been 12 months since the site closed, and now people are anxiously waiting for the re-opening on June 3rd.

"We really are excited to open up Rainbow Falls again," said Todd Marts. "We don't have a lot of waterfalls in the Pikes Peak region." 

There has been $2 million of maintenance, but it's clear there is a lot of work ahead.

"When the Waldo Canyon fire happened, the drainage from the storm did a lot of damage up along the creek," he said.

After the fires and flooding, the site required extensive damage, but that wasn't the only problem.

"It's been known as Graffiti Falls, but way back before there was graffiti it was a beautiful waterfall," said Marts. 

While some did enjoy the 'artistic nature' of the park, the Community Services Department is already moving on to the next phase.

"We will be creating a pedestrian plaza at the base of the falls so there will be seating walls," said Elaine Kleckner. "Kind of like a mini amphitheater where people can sit, enjoy the falls, and play in the creek."

Kleckner said there will also be a bridge that crosses Fountain Creek to allow people to go to the other side for a scenic overlook.

The parks department made it clear these changes are just the beginning for this historic gem.

"This is just the middle, there's a lot of future left to go," said Marts. 

The site is set to reopen June 3rd from Friday through Monday during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact Todd Marts, the Recreation and Cultural Services Division Manager: at ToddMarts@elpasoco.com.


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