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.
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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. 

The third in a series of workshops to plan the 50+ year future of the Shooks Run Corridor will engage citizens in how the corridor will ultimately look and function. Three options will be presented for citizens to comment on with their feedback and ideas.
 
What:    Envision Shooks Run Public Workshop #3
When:   Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Time:    5:30 - 8 p.m.: (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
             5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Presentation/Project Update
            6:30 - 8 p.m.:  Breakout exercise
Where: First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
219 E. Bijou St. 
(corner of Weber St. and Bijou St.), 
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(Enter on the Weber St. side of the building. 
Free parking is to the east of the building, 
southeast corner of Bijou St. and Weber St.)
 
During the October Workshop, citizens participated in collaborative breakout sessions to discuss challenges and opportunities within five sections of the corridor: Headwaters, Residential Greenway, Urban Waterway, Urban Canyon and Confluence. Those ideas have now been incorporated into three options being presented during the January 28 workshop:
  • Infrastructure: addresses infrastructure improvement needs, least amount of change related to the replacement of drainage facilities and the bridges within the corridor.
  • Greenway/Linear Park: naturalized greenway with trails and enhanced neighborhood parks, allowing the full realization of the Legacy Loop and allowing urban development along the waters edge in the downtown section of the corridor.
  • Transformative: goes beyond the creation of a linear greenway emphasizing elements that would establish a new enhanced vision for the corridor as a central part of the City, serving as a catalyst for a variety of new uses along the corridor.
"From north to south, there are different corridor characteristics created by the neighborhoods and land uses adjacent to the corridor, as well as the stream channel itself," said Project Manager Aaron Egbert, City Engineering Department. "The way the conditions change up and down the corridor drives how we think about how Shooks Run can ultimately look and function for many years into the future."

The goal of Envision Shooks Run is collaboratively work with the community to develop a prioritized implementation plan. According to Egbert, the community has indicated a desire for big ideas in what the corridor could ultimately be. "During the next phase of the process, we will begin drilling down to define what is included in the preferred option for the corridor and will begin to discuss potential funding opportunities to support the ultimate plan," said Egbert. "Local citizen's knowledge of the corridor and their ideas are very important to us as we work collaboratively to fulfill the vision for this community amenity."

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Colorado Springs will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this workshop should make the request as soon as possible by calling 719/488-5908, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
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 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, 2015.

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.
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.

Click to view Oct. 29, 2015 public meeting documents:

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Hear What People are Saying

"We have an opportunity to study from an engineering standpoint the whole channel. But now as a community we get to come in and see how do we want this corridor to develop and what's it going to be as our legacy to the future and to the citizens."
-- Andrea Barker, Chair of Greenway Fund
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"One of the things that's exciting about this project is that it talks about land use, but is not a land use plan. We do separate neighborhood plans.This is very important with respect to connecting the residents right around the creek..."
-- Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager, 
City of Colorado Springs
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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.