Largest Neighborhood Park Renovation in City History
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Panorama Park in the southeast area of Colorado Springs will soon receive the largest neighborhood park renovation in city history thanks in part to a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will receive $350,000 to upgrade the 13.5 acre park.
The city has engaged in a year-long process, along with several partners, to gather public input and develop designs. Parks department employees will seek additional community feedback about the park’s renovation this spring and summer, with plans to begin construction in 2020. So far, ideas include a new playground, walking paths, lighting and a community gathering space.
“We have heard from residents about how much they value Panorama Park and look forward to the final stage of planning for new amenities,” said parks director Karen Palus. “The upgrades will not only improve safety at the park, but make it a wonderful destination for our community to gather, play and enjoy the outdoors.”
Additional support for the renovations comes from the Trust for Public Land and the Southeast RISE Coalition. Colorado Health Foundation will award a $935,000 grant over three years to The Trust for Public Land for its work to revitalize the park. Panorama Park is adjacent to Panorama Middle School and more than 3,000 people who live within a 10-minute walk. More information about the park renovation can be found at www.ColoradoSprings.gov/PanoramaPark.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. To date, GOCO has invested $54.7 million in projects in El Paso County, including the Legacy Loop and John Venezia Community Park.