Park Hours: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Amenities: Fantasy playground includes hammocks, spinner bowls, turntables and interactive art. Picnic pavilion and restrooms. Julie Penrose Fountain, during the summer, water flows from the top in a shower onto a splash pad. Large open grass field and walking paths. Access to Midland and Pikes Peak Greenway Trails. The iconic Park Union Bridge connects the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic museum to the Park and access to Downtown Colorado Springs.
America the Beautiful Park is 16.9 acres. It’s a local favorite for kids, runers, dogs and events.
Volunteer: The Pikes Peak Road Runners host monthly cleanups, on the first Saturday May – August.
This park is managed by City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services: (719) 385-5940. For more info visit coloradosprings.gov/parks.
History: In 1992, a combined effort produced the Downtown Action Plan that established goals and vision for assuring the vitality of the Downtown area. Included was a premier amenity, America the Beautiful Park, a 16.9-acre site. In 1994, a partnership between local governments and citizens developed the Master Plan for the Pikes Peak Greenway to extend a multi-use trail serving as the spine of the countrywide trails system. Part of that plan included a “greenway” to be developed along the creeks, linking the broader areas into the America the Beautiful Park area. In 1998, the community approved a bond issue that included $11 million for use in developing the park, and that has stimulated further development in and around the park. In July of 2000, a Master Plan was developed for the entire park and has been approved by City Council for continued development. This document addressed the 16.9-acre park, plus an additional 40 acres surrounding it; bounded by I-25, the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Bijou and Cimarron streets. The completed park was dedicated on September 30, 2005. Plans for the Park Union Bridge were in the works for decades. It was a huge investment in the downtown area, costing a whopping $20,000,000 in total. It opened July 2021. “It unites a city and a park, and I confidently predict it will be amongst the most photographed and iconic landmarks in Olympic City USA.” -Mayor John Suthers