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Pups will have 13 new acres on which to frolic on opposite ends of El Paso County, thanks to the addition of dog parks in Falcon Regional Park and Fountain Creek Regional Park.
Falcon Regional Park, about 20 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, will open an 8-acre park for large dogs and a 2-acre park for small dogs along Eastonville Road in March, the Trails and Open Space Coalition announced. The parks will include more than half a mile of trail, with benches and parking for 40 cars.
And 30 miles southwest, Fountain Creek Regional Park is constructing a 3-acre dog park, to include a new 1,600-foot trail and 22 parking spaces.
There's currently no dog park in the Falcon area, says Aaron Rogers, program and event coordinator for the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
"The closest one would be in Fox Run Regional Park," Rogers says. "So allowing people to have a place in Falcon will open up the eastern plains to those families and also give northeast Colorado Springs a spot, too, to take their dogs."
And Fountain Creek Regional park's new addition will be the southernmost in the region, Rogers adds, enhancing outdoor opportunities for families in Fountain, Widefield and Security.
Visitors should "be considerate and respectful of all the people who are using the parks and to pick up after their pets," Rogers says. "Dog waste is a big issue in all the parks across Colorado, and we need to all do our part to make sure we leave our parks cleaner." Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional reporting and to reflect a change in the parks' opening month.