The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department will open the Starsmore Nature Trail as well as a new geology exhibit “Mountains of Time” in the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a nature hike and tour of the new exhibit.
The new accessible recreational nature trail nature trail provides a naturally-surfaced connection to the visitor center as well as improved access to North Cheyenne Creek. Recommended by the North Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan that was approved in 2018, additional improvements include new signage and wayfinding; a log bench that overlooks the creek; and trail upgrades to the existing Columbine Trail.
The total project cost was $30,000. Friends of Cheyenne Cañon provided $20,000 through a grant made possible by Mary Starsmore’s estate, managed by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The remaining funds were provided by Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS).
What: Starsmore Nature Trail and geology exhibit ribbon cutting
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.
Where: Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center (back patio)
2120 South Cheyenne Cañon Road, Colorado Springs
Who: Mayor John Suthers
Calla Balliett, Friends of Cheyenne Cañon board member
Mina Liebert, Pikes Peak Community Foundation director of community impact
Karen Palus, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director