With much anticipation and years of waiting, the John Venezia Community Park is another step closer to becoming a reality.The park is named for the long-time developer who developed the master plan for Briargate, one of the biggest if not the biggest subdivisions in the city. While other parts of the city have large parks, such as Palmer Park, Memorial Park and Garden of the Gods, the northeast has been left out over the years.
John Venezia Community Park is located at the southwest corner of Union Boulevard and Briargate Parkway. The park site is approximately 110 acres and will provide a long-awaited recreational space in the northeast part of the City. Thirty acres will be developed, while 80 acres will be left as open space to protect the Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse habitat.
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 (Universally Accessible Playground), watering hole (spray ground), fruit orchards, and the range (multi-use sport fields, tennis courts, basketball/inline hockey court, pickleball courts, and a playground) will take park visitors back to the time when much of Colorado was used for ranching. Venezia Park will have the second Universally Accessible Playground in Colorado Springs.