Colorado Springs, Colorado

Creating a Vibrant, Livable City Through Parks, Open Space and Trails

Photo: Downtown Colorado Springs

Project Spotlight: Legacy Loop

Colorado Springs’ founder, General William Jackson Palmer, dreamt of a vibrant, livable city where the essential functions of mobility and access were linked to the city’s parks, open space and trails. Colorado Springs continues to pursue this vision through the creation of the Legacy Loop, a multiuse trail and park loop network in the heart of the downtown area, with a goal of improving connectivity, accessibility and recreational opportunities in the city.

The project seeks to improve access to outdoor amenities and increase connectivity across the city, while ensuring trails and parks play a central role in mobility, recreation and active transportation. The 10-mile trail network will radically transform the recreational landscape of the city by:

  • Leveraging existing park and trail assets by improving the safety, functionality and connectivity of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail as it runs through Monument Valley Park in the heart of the city
  • Creating a regionally significant trail connection through the acquisition and construction of a long-sought-after Rock Island trail connection
  • Creating new recreational opportunities throughout the project area

Overall, the Legacy Loop positions trails, parks and outdoor recreation as a major economic driver of revitalization in the downtown core by creating essential connectivity to businesses, attractions, cultural opportunities and events.

Featured Article

Colorado the Beautiful

Rails to Trails Magazine, Winter 2018



A plan to prioritize the completion of 16 trail projects totaling approximately 1,734 miles in Colorado aims to take the already flourishing trail state to the next level in health, biking tourism and outdoor economic development.

By Scott Stark

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Facts and Figures

Partners: Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; Greenway Fund; Trails and Open Space Coalition; Colorado Springs Utilities; Kids on Bikes; City of Colorado Springs; El Paso County Public Health

Featured Project: Legacy Loop

Mileage: 10

Trails: Fountain Creek Regional Trail, Pikes Peak Greenway, Rock Island Trail, Homestead Trail, Templeton Gap Trail, Cottonwood Creek Trail, Shooks Run Trail, Austin Bluffs Trail, Midland Trail, New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Foothills Trail, Palmer-Mesa Trail, Douglas Creek Trail, Sinton Trail

Goals: Connectivity, accessibility, recreation, active transportation

Learn More: Explore the Legacy Loop | Explore the Loop on TrailLink | Economic Benefits of Colorado Parks | Independent Article on the Legacy Loop | The Gazette Article on the Legacy Loop


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