COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Land acquired 20 years ago on the eastern border of Colorado Springs still hasn't become a park, and the city's parks manager explained why.
Chris Lieber, parks development manager, gave two reasons for the lack of progress on the park located south of U.S. 24 near the Constitution Avenue intersection.
"One is availability of resources, and the other is that park site was acquired really in advance of a lot of development."
Lieber said demand for a park at the location will grow as more people move to the surrounding area. He said the park is intended to be a regional attraction with appealing natural resources, and that it will require its own master plan to be developed at a cost of at lean $1 million.
Lieber gave no timetable for the park's opening, but said public input from a meeting Tuesday night should help determine how the park will be developed.
Finishing undeveloped parks was among the unmet goals in the city's current master plan for parks, trails, programs and open space, he said.
Jodie Feist lives near the park and was unaware of its existence.
"I'm surprised that there's a potential park this close," she said. "I'd love to have a park on the east side of town. It'd be something that I'd use."
The park is on land annexed by the city from the Banning Lewis Ranch property.