A walk in the park? Maybe not.

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North Cheyenne Canon after last year's floods. - FILE PHOTO
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  • North Cheyenne Canon after last year's floods.

Planning on heading into the great outdoors? You'll probably want to read this first.

The good news is that Federal Emergency Management money is finally being put to use in some of our open space areas to fix flood damage. The bad news is, that means access to some favorite areas will be limited or cut off. Contractors begin their work Dec. 8 and it will continue for 8 to 12 weeks.

Read on for the details:


FEMA flood repair construction projects to begin next week in several Colorado Springs Parks

Colorado Springs, CO – The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will continue repair work on numerous locations in parks which sustained significant damages during the September 2013 floods.

Contractors will begin the repair projects on December 8 and continue for the next 8-12 weeks (weather dependent). The FEMA flood damage projects will cost approximately $515,000 and are funded through the FEMA Public Assistance grant.

Repairs will include slope stabilization, roadway repair, and drainage improvements to repair the flood damage sites.

Construction will take place in the following locations:

Mount Cutler Trail

The Mount Cutler Trail will be closed during construction work on weekdays and reopen for hikers on weekends only during the project. Alternative trails: the Columbine Trail, Silver Cascade Falls Trail at Helen Hunt Falls, the Chamberlain Trail, and Stratton Open Space.

North Cheyenne Cañon Road in North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Park users may encounter lane closures as contractors repair various sections of the flood-damaged roadway.

Bear Creek Road in Bear Creek Cañon Park

Park users may encounter lane closures as contractors repair various sections of the flood-damaged roadway.

High Drive

Repair work will take place along the entire 3.5 mile stretch of High Drive. The work will include erosion repair, culvert replacement, and overall drainage improvements. Access to the Palmer Trail, Bear Creek Trail (USFS Trail #666) and the Captain Jack’s Trail will remain open to the public. Recreational users on High Drive may encounter construction equipment throughout the project. Dog owners are strongly encouraged to keep their pets are on leash at all times.

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