January 2016      
Welcome!
 
Welcome to the Envision Shooks Run e-newsletter. Future e-newsletters will be sent periodically with project updates, upcoming meeting schedules and other useful information about the study.
Project Contacts 

 

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http://coloradosprings.gov 

 

Project Website:

envisionshooksrun.com

 

City of Colorado Springs

Aaron Egbert 719/385-5465
   
Project Consultant - FHU 
Dan Krueger, 719/314-1800
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Study Schedule

Public Meeting #3: Thurs., 
January 28, starting at 5:30 p.m.
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Photos from Public Meeting, October 29, 2015






The Envision Shooks Run study focuses on one of the more important stream corridors in the central part of the City of Colorado Springs. The study area encompasses two boundaries: the Community Planning and Transportation System Area boundary (noted in blue in the map above) and the Infrastructure Planning Boundary (noted in red in the map above). The project area is generally located to the east of Downtown Colorado Springs, between the Patty Jewett Golf Course area to the north, and the Fountain Creek corridor, to the south.  It encompasses the southeastern quadrant of the Legacy Loop trail.

 

  You are Invited to the 
3rd 
Session in a series of Public Workshops. 

DATE: Thurs., January 28, 2016
START TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall
219 E. Bijou St. (corner of Weber St. and Bijou St.)

The entry to the Fellowship Hall is located on the Weber St. side of the building. Parking for First Presbyterian is located in a lot on the southeast corner of Bijou St. and Weber St.
Citizens Identify Needed Improvements and Opportunities during Interactive Workshop

Approximately 90 people attended and participated in the second in a series of public workshops as part of the citizen-involved collaborative Envision Shooks Run process on October 29, 2015 at the Palmer High School Gymnasium. Participants explored 
corridor theme options based on the challenges and opportunities identified by the public during the first workshop 
June 18.

Building upon the historic vision for Shooks Run, this study will lead to a prioritized plan for future construction of much needed multi-modal transportation and drainage improvements to the aging infrastructure. In addition, enhancement opportunities that maximize community benefits for all who use the corridor will be evaluated. 
During the workshop, Aaron Egbert, City of Colorado Springs Project Manager, along with representatives from several departments within the City, provided a project overview and an update of the progress. 

In summary, the community recognizes and wants to optimize the Shooks Run corridor potential. There was enthusiastic participation and discussion during the workshop by each group resulting in creative expansive ideas through all areas of the corridor. Ideas the participants identified as very important include: shared access to the water/creek, park enhancements and expansion, trail connectivity, street connections especially to downtown, and recognition of development opportunities.

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Group Think

Workshop attendees were divided into groups to participate in an interactive mapping exercises designed to identify desires for corridor improvements. They were encouraged to be creative when thinking about how land is utilized in and around the corridor, various corridor themes, and potential changes in land use to accommodate those themes.
 
Participants were asked to affix photos to the corridor map representing their vision for the future of Shooks Run along each segment of the corridor incorporating "ingredients" such as:
  • Naturalized channel and greenway
  • Drainage corridor
  • Neighborhood greenway
  • Urban waterway
  • Urban canyon
  • Destination park
  • Park amenities
Click here to view the key takeaways and messages received from the public during the mapping exercise, reports of each table group's recommendations, and individual written responses of survey questions.  
Hear What People are Saying

"Colorado Springs is a gem, the downtown area is particularly special to me. My family and my kids grew up here. It's important to take care of this part of the city, the parks, trails and drainage."
-- Mark Henjum, Bicyclist and Resident of 
Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood 
Click here to hear more.

"This project is important to the city as part of the Legacy Loop. General Palmer was a big advocate and supporter of the parks and this is just a continuation of that legacy for the future."
-- Larry Bagley, Colorado Springs City Council, Dist. 2
Click here to hear more.

Click here to view additional videos.
Projects Adjacent to the Shooks Run Corridor

Shooks Run is part of the Legacy Loop, a comprehensive trail and park development project located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. The City of Colorado Springs has selected the THK team to work on a project that will improve access to outdoor recreation, increase trail connectivity across our community, and enhance park amenities for Colorado Springs and families. This flagship project will dramatically improve the safety and multi-use functionality of the Pikes Peak Greenway, create a critically needed and regionally significant east-west trail connection along the Rock Island Trail corridor, and expand outdoor recreation along Monument Creek.  Click here for more information about the Legacy Loop.

The Las Vegas Street Corridor Study is a Federally funded study being conducted by the City of Colorado Springs, in conjunction with El Paso County and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). Located at the south end of the Shooks Run Corridor, the year-long Las Vegas Street study is led by the engineering firm WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff. The project team is working with residents and businesses along the Las Vegas Street corridor to determine the current and future uses and needs for this unique transportation corridor to guide proposed improvements as part of the PPRTA "B  list" of projects. For more information, contact George Hayward at (719) 314-5018.