- Bob Falcone
- The popular outdoor recreation area was severely damaged during the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire.
The planning project, funded by a $45,000 State Trails Planning grant, is headed by a group consisting of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, City of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Forest Service. TAPIS Associates was hired to manage the planning project, and other stakeholders are also part of the process. (Disclosure: I am a "citizen representative" in this group).
At the Jan. 16 meeting, the public was given a summary of the results of a public survey conducted this past fall and a list of "givens" regarding recreation in Waldo Canyon. Among the givens was that the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol have decided that the original trailhead on Hwy 24 is not going to re-open, that original Waldo Canyon trails were no longer usable, and existing prohibitions on motorized and equestrian usage, put in place by the US Forest Service in the 1960's, were going to remain in effect.
- Bob Falcone
- The Waldo Canyon Planning public meeting was well attended
The next public workshop is scheduled for 6-8:30pm on April 17th at the Westside Community Center.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org.