Learn more about shuttles in Garden of the Gods

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Cold winter days don't attract visitors to Garden of the Gods like in summertime, making this mostly empty parking lot a rare thing. - PHOTOS BY PAM ZUBECK
  • Photos by Pam Zubeck
  • Cold winter days don't attract visitors to Garden of the Gods like in summertime, making this mostly empty parking lot a rare thing.
In this week's Independent I wrote about the city's efforts to improve the visitor experience in some of the its largest recreation areas, most notably Garden of the Gods.

One way to reduce traffic through the Garden is to use shuttles. A study of that option will be reported to citizens at a meeting Monday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.

Here's a news release  about the meeting:
The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department shares details about a recent transportation study designed to help provide a better visitor experience at Garden of the Gods Park. The parks department hired Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to conduct the study, which was funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation. The department seeks feedback from residents about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.

Anytime of year is a good time in Garden of the Gods.
  • Anytime of year is a good time in Garden of the Gods.
“We know Garden of the Gods is a jewel in our parks system, and therefore it is vital that we work to take care of it, improve accessibility and protect it from the excessive environmental impact caused by high traffic numbers. We hope to explore several alternative transportation options to improve the overall visitor experience.” said Kim King, Parks Administration Manager. “It is our ultimate goal to ensure that this beautiful landmark can be enjoyed safely and responsibly by tourists and residents alike for generations to come.”

Key elements of the Garden of the Gods Transportation Study:

Access to Garden of the Gods Park will remain free
Shuttle service between Rock Ledge Ranch, the Garden of the Gods    Visitor & Nature Center, and Garden of the Gods Park
New ADA accessible trail along the north side of Gateway Road
Increased parking at Rock Ledge Ranch

Here's the shuttle study:

See related PDF GOG_Draft_Shuttle_Study_2018.pdf

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