City announces plans to complete the development of Venezia Park.

Public meeting Oct 16th 6:30 pm.

City officials announced plans to complete the long-awaited development of Venezia Park, a community Park planned in 2007 but put on hold due to the recession. The 30-acre park is located at Union and Briargate Parkway. Plans include a splash park, universally accessible playground, natural surface trails, soccer and lacrosse fields, tennis courts, in line hockey, and basketball courts.
This is great news! This is the first new park to be developed in Colorado Springs in years. Congratulations to the City and to Parks staff for moving forward with needed upgrades to our Parks system.
Venezia2       Venezia Park
The cost of $9.8 million will be funded in part by grants: 1.4 million from the TOPS parks category, $225,000 from GOCO, and 7.6 million from the City’s PLDO–developer’s fees paid into a fund specifically for parks.
Venezia Community Park is designed to be a “Green”, sustainable park. Less than 2 acres of the total surface will be bluegrass that needs watering. The remaining acreage will have natural grasses or artificial turf.
Event fees are expected to cover 90% ongoing maintenance costs.
There will be a public meeting Oct 16th, 6:30 pm, at Academy International School,  8550 Charity Dr, to talk with and listen to the community before construction documents are finalized to make sure parks “got it right.”

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