The park has a ranch theme with elements designed to resemble what would be traditionally found on a homestead; including:
- “The Homestead:” a large pavilion and picnic area with orchards and parking lot.
- “The Corral:” a universally accessible playground and shade shelters
- “The Watering Hole:” a spray ground (restrooms located in this area)
- “The Round Pin:” a small artificial turf field
- “The Range:” three size “A” soccer fields, in-line hockey rink/basketball court, four pickleball courts, plaza overlooking multi-use fields, small playground, restrooms, two parking lots, nearby on-street parking
- “The Pastures:” 3 Reservable Pavilions and two shade shelters, gravel walking loops, parking lot
- The park also features: Briargate trail (along Briargate Parkway), two miles of interior sidewalks, two acres of Bluegrass
Acacia Park was Colorado Springs’ first park, and was donated to the City by General William Jackson Palmer, the city’s founder, in 1871. AMENITIES: Handicap accessible, Bandshell (reservable),Uncle Wilbur Fountain, The HUB Visitors Center: May 26 – Sept 3; 11:30-6:30 p.m., Outdoor Ice Skating Rink (November-January), playground, and sidewalks.
Hike the foothills, search for mule deer, and discover Bear Creek! Scrub oak thicket, ponderosa pine forests, meadows, a mountain creek, and abundant foothills wildlife attract children and adults to Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center.
The crisp air and smell of the ponderosa pines give a distinctive feeling to this 385-acre regional park. There are spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. The developed area, with turf playing fields, tennis courts, playground, and two picnic pavilions were created in natural openings of the forest.
At British Swim School of North Colorado Springs and Douglas County, we don’t just teach swim lessons. We teach water survival skills. Our curriculum-based program begins with the foundation of water survival first, followed by learn-to-swim programs. And while our students recognize that swimming is a lifelong, lifesaving skill, we also make learning exciting through a structured program of songs, games and fun!
Our mission is to ensure that every person, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer. We aim to instill within our students a love and respect for water, and to foster abilities that can translate into lifelong enjoyment. Whether you’re looking for swimming classes for babies, toddlers, kids, or adults, British Swim School of North Colorado Springs and Douglas County offers a variety of swim lessons for all ages and skill levels. Be it water acclimation for your Tadpole or growing independence and survival skills as a Minnow, there’s a program for everyone. Learn more about all of our swim programs and levels from infant through to adult classes.
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The visitor center provides an opportunity to learn about the park’s diverse natural resources while taking in an amazing view. The park offers day use picnicking sites, 61 campsites, an archery range and 20 miles of trails open to hiking, biking and wildlife viewing.
In partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, the YMCA invites your family to Cottonwood Creek Family Center YMCA to spend some quality time together swimming, working out and playing together. Set within the Cottonwood Creek complex, this facility features affordable day passes and is an added amenity to YMCA membership. Come enjoy Cottonwood Creek today!
Walk the wetlands, search for great blue herons, and explore Fountain Creek – only 15 minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs! An “oasis on the plains” with ponds marshes, meadows, cottonwood forests, and Fountain Creek, the nature center is attractive to visitors of all ages. The nature center offers a unique look into the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area and serves as an entry to a variety of discovery experiences.
Visitors will find a restful environment among the thick forest of ponderosa pines. Timber Ridge provides an overlook of Aspen and Spruce Lakes as well as a picturesque setting of Pikes Peak and the mountain backdrop.
The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is the most visited attraction in the Pikes Peak region, offering FREE admission, iconic views, interactive museum exhibits, world class shopping, and the fun and exciting Geo-Trekker Theater movie experience.
So much to do. Start your adventure at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center! Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, or guided nature walks, make sure to check into the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and we will get you started on your next adventure!
For active folks who love hiking, there are 15 miles of trails to explore in the Garden of the Gods. Explore the park on your own or take one of the guided walks in the Central Garden area.
Bean Sprouts is a hip & healthy café that offers a variety of choices for the entire family including those who have picky eaters, allergies and other dietary challenges. Bean Sprouts’ award-winning Imaginibbles children’s menu empowers kids to make their own healthy choices. Grown-ups are delighted with equally tempting adult choices and a coffee bar! Bean Sprouts adheres to clean ingredient guidelines and features organic and sustainable foods, compostable packaging and eco-friendly design.
Our lovely swimming pool was built in 1971 with grants from El Pomar Foundation. Thanks to periodic upgrades, our current amenities include ozone-treated water for a much more refreshing swimming experience in our indoor 25 yard pool, outdoor kiddie splash pool and pad, a indoor Jacuzzi, year-round outdoor adult hot tub/sunning area, multi-purpose room, a well-equipped fitness room and pool /spa chair-lifts for the disabled.
AMENITIES: Prospect Lake, Bath House and Boat House: paddleboarding, kayak rentals, open swimming, (link is external) swimming beach, boating (motorized and non-motorized), two fishing areas (one wheelchair accessible fishing dock). Mark “Pa” Sertich Ice Center: public ice skating, lessons. Velodrome: bicycle racing track, roller skate racing track. Sports Center: Parks and Recreation’s Sports Division Administrative Office; three baseball/softball fields, 15 football/soccer fields, 12 tennis courts with Tennis Center. YMCA operates the Memorial Park Recreation Center (indoor pool), fitness room, social/play room; swimming lessons.
The master plan was adopted by the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board on May 10, 2018. Some highlights of the North Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan: 350+ residents participated in the drafting of the plan. The park will expand from 19 to 35 miles of trails. New interpretive programs will be offered. Recommendation of improved parking and additional trailheads. Recommendation to hire additional seasonal employees
The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of El Paso County’s most unique open spaces. The Paint Mines are named for their colorful clays that were collected by American Indians to make paint. Brightly colored bands, caused by oxidized iron compounds, are found in varying amounts throughout the many different layers of clay.
Palmer Park is a regional park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located at 3650 Maizeland Road, the park is several miles northeast of the downtown area. Elevation Outdoors Magazine named it Best Urban Park in its Best of Rockies 2017 list.
AMENITIES: Basketball court, non-motorized boating, picnicking, playground, large group shelter, sledding, Quail Lake Fitness Trail (hiking, biking, jogging and fitness, 1 mile in length), two sand volleyball courts, and fishing.
SafeSplash Swim School specializes in teaching swimming to children from 6 months old to adults. We are dedicated to developing your child into a confident and happy lifelong swimmer. SafeSplash is the largest and fastest growing swim school brand in North America. We have successfully taught over 7 million swim lessons over the past decade. That is a lot of happy students! We are opening new locations throughout North America on a monthly basis, so the chances are that we have a location right around the corner from you.
The Little Dipper Pool is located in the Skyway neighborhood in the southwest part of Colorado Springs and is available to members and their guests. In addition to the pool, which includes a diving board and baby pool, there is a sand volleyball court, a horse shoe pit, and a sandbox for kids to play in. Each month, the Little Dipper hosts a Kid’s Night and a Sunday Funday as well as other fun events throughout the summer. We also offer parties during business hours and private parties after hours. The pool is a laid back, fun place to hang out for all ages!!