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Master plan for North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs nears completion

Last of five open houses held Tuesday

Master plan considered for North Cheyenne Ca-on Park in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Traffic, parking and safety are the major concerns expressed by people about the future of North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs.

On Tuesday night at Cheyenne Mountain High School, the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services held the last of five open houses on a proposed master plan for the park.

The last such plan for the park was in 1999 and the new plan will govern the park for the next 10 to 15 years.

During the previous four open houses, people submitted feedback about the plan which was used to tweak the latest draft made available to the public for the first time Tuesday.

The park is the third most-popular park in Colorado Springs, behind Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon.

Park and Recreation officials said their biggest concern is traffic congestion on the narrow, winding park road, and said increasing the size of existing parking lots -- or creating additional parking -- could solve the problem.

The nearby Broadmoor Hotel has surfaced as an additional concern for visitors who said the hotel's tour buses contribute to the traffic problem.

Establishing a separate police force for the park, locking entry and exit gates at night, and paving the main parking lot and part of Gold Camp Road are other options being considered.

Many visitors said they're generally pleased with the park's management and would welcome improvements but not at the expense of changing what makes the park so popular.

A visitor from California suggested installing colorful nighttime lighting at Helen Hunt Falls to create an added attraction.

The public can submit online comments on the plan through March 18 at: http://NCCmasterplan@Springsgov.com.

To see the plan beginning March 7, visit: http://www.coloradosprings.gov/NCCmasterplan.

The city's Parks Advisory Board expects to release a final version of the plan next month.


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