Location:1605 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (best accessed from South Union Boulevard)
Hours: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Amenities: Memorial Park offers a wide range of facilities and activities! Enjoy the YMCA Recreation Center, 3 baseball/softball fields, basketball court, exercise course, football field, horseshoe pits, in-line hockey court, 3 playgrounds, 15 football and soccer fields, swimming pool, 12 tennis courts, bicycle/roller skate racing track, volleyball court, public ice skating, picnic tables with shelter, restrooms, concessions/vending machines, and about 6 miles of walking trails. Swimming, boating and fishing can be enjoyed at Prospect Lake (Sail boats, canoes, row boats and paddle boats may be rented at the park.). A bathhouse is located near the beach for swimming. The park is ADA accessible, including a wheelchair accessible fishing dock and playground. The park sits on 196 acres. Each year, Memorial Park hosts Labor Day Lift Off, a hot air balloon festival that fills the city skyline; balloons glowing amid the night sky is perhaps the most spectacular part of the 3 day event.
NOTE: Prospect Lake has CLOSURES due to blue-green algae. The Lake is CLOSED Wednesdays, from 8-4 p.m. from mid June through the beginning of August, for the Adaptive Water-Ski program.
History: General William Jackson Palmer donated the land with Prospect Lake to establish the park.
Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region’s largest balloon festival has been held on Labor Day weekend at Memorial Park since 1977.
The city stopped operating the beach house in 2010 due to budget cuts following the great recession. In 2012, it reopened when the city partnered with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to operate the beach area. The beach house closed again in 2019 due to construction. Work to redesign the iconic beach house began in 2018 and was completed in July 2021.
This park is managed by City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (719) 385-5940.