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A Holistic Vision

The Fountain and Monument Creek corridor always has been the lifeblood of Colorado Springs. The corridor’s rich natural resources sustained Native American tribes and attracted European settlers. General Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, realized the scenic and recreational value of the area and created a network of parkways that have been a defining element of Colorado Springs’ identity. Over time, the natural character and functions of the corridor have been altered and disconnected, the richness diminished, and the creek access inaccessible.

Informed by multiple planning efforts completed in the recent past, this plan lays out a comprehensive vision and strategy to restore the creek’s environmental qualities, promote economic vitality, create a sense of place, and greatly enhance and expand the recreational opportunities that were so important to General Palmer’s original vision.