The site of the John Venezia Community Park was filled with third graders from Academy International School on September 25 to celebrate the project kick-off of the new park. "This is a momentous occasion for the northern part of our city," said Mayor Bach. "It will be a place for family and friends to enjoy."See a rendering of the park here:
In 1978, John Venezia and Lew Christensen worked with the Urban Land Institute to develop a Briargate master plan that was aesthetic in design and functional for future growth. It was a vision of a planned community with parks and trails interspersed with homes and retail centers. The land for the soon-to-be Venezia community park was donated by Laplata with special thanks to the Loo family.
The park will have a ranch theme with elements designed to resemble what would be traditionally found on a homestead. Elements such as the homestead (picnic pavilions), the corral (playground), watering hole (spray ground), fruit orchards, and the range (sport fields) will take park visitors back to the time when much of Colorado was used for ranching. Venezia Park will also have the second Universally Accessible Playground in Colorado Springs.