Parks, trails, fountains, and other green spaces dot the landscape throughout downtown. Whether you’re looking for a spot to relax during a busy day at the office, getting a run in, or taking the kids for a day out, there are several outdoor spaces nestled between the bustle of downtown business.
In the center of downtown is Colorado Springs' first park, Acacia Park, donated to the city by General William Jackson Palmer, the city's founder, in 1871. You’ll find shuffleboard at the north end of the park, and the ever-popular Uncle Wilber Fountain and playground on the southwest corner. The Acacia Park Summer Concert Series fills the band shell and park with music on summer nights. Several festivals and events are also held in Acacia Park throughout the year. Located at 115 E. Platte Ave.
Located on the southwestern edge of downtown, America the Beautiful Park features a playground, walking paths, picnic pavillion and restrooms, as well as access to Midland Trail and Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. Numerous events and festivals are held at America the Beautiful Park throughout the year, including arts and film events, festivals, charity fundraiser runs, and more. Handicap accessible. Located at 126 Cimino Dr.
Alamo Square encircles the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, one of the most recognizable historical buildings in downtown. The park includes several sculptures, flowerbeds, and a gazebo. Located at 215 S. Tejon St.
Running along the western edge of downtown, Monument Valley Park is one of the most extensive parks in the downtown area. Monument Creek runs the length of the park, as does the Pikes Peak Greenway trail, and connecting Monument Valley and America the Beautiful parks. Located at 170 W. Cache La Poudre St. Features of the park include:
- Northern portion: Baseball/softball field, soccer field, playground, walking and biking paths, geologic column, access to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.
- Southern Portion: Outdoor pool (seasonal), baseball/softball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball area, pond, picnic shelters, playground, restrooms, hiking and biking trails, access to Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. Wheelchair accessible.
- Horticultural Art Society Demonstration Gardens and City Greenhouse located on the northeast corner of Mesa Rd. and Glen Ave.
Smaller parks in the downtown area include:
- Boulder Cresent, 302 N. Cascade Ave.
- Antlers Park, historical locomotive and a large picnic pavilion. 31 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (behind the Antlers Hotel).
Additional information on community parks can be found here.
Among the most notable fun-zones for kids downtown are the Julie Penrose and Uncle Wilber Fountains. Running seasonally through the warm months, the fountains provide a fun opportunity to splash and cool off.
Downtown is pedestrian-friendly and highly walkalble. In fact, Downtown Colorado Springs has a WalkScore of 71 compared to the City as a whole, with a score of 33. Within the downtown core, there are more than 80 benches, planter bed seat-walls and valut covers, providing more than 500 "seats" along the sidewalks. The Pedestrain Access ordinance, passed by Colorado Springs City Council in early 2016, is designed to keep sidewalks and other public right-of-ways clear for pedestrain traffic. To read the ordinace, click here.