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 and the Fountain Creek corridor, to the south. It encompasses the southeastern quadrant of the Legacy Loop trail.
Envision Shooks Run is a multi-modal transportation and drainage infrastructure study initiated by the City of Colorado Springs to address challenges and opportunities along the Shooks Run Corridor. The study is a collaborative, 16-month citizen-involved process that will result in a prioritized plan for future construction of much needed improvements to the aging infrastructure. But, rather than just addressing the challenges, Envision Shooks Run is an opportunity for an optimal plan that maximizes community benefits for all who use the corridor.
The City of Colorado Springs has initiated the Envision Shooks Run Corridor Study recognizing its responsibility:
- to manage and improve the infrastructure in our City
- for planning, budgeting and performing maintenance and capital improvements
- to identify funding to address issues
- to listen to our community for guidance on how best to accomplish these things
- to make the final decisions while considering technical analysis and public input
Letter from the City Project Manager
For more than a hundred years the Shooks Run Corridor has served a functional purpose, but it has also been a “diamond in the rough” with tremendous potential. Now referred to as the “Legacy Loop,” it was envisioned by city founders as integral to a “park ring” around the city core: a creek and trail greenbelt for all citizens and visitors alike to use and enjoy for recreation, transportation, and tranquility.
Although recognized as a community asset, infrastructure along Shooks Run is deteriorating from lack of maintenance over the years. Overgrowth of invasive vegetation is harming the ecosystem. Bridges, retaining walls and culverts along the corridor are nearly a century old and in some instances deficient. As a stormwater drainage system, Shooks Run has aging and undersized drainage structures, increasing the risk for potential flooding. These issues must be addressed to protect citizen safety, property and property values.
Prior studies show the community vision for Shooks Run is to not only maintain it, but to improve and enhance it for better public health and safety, neighborhood access, transportation connections, property protection and enhancement, recreation and economic development opportunities.
The goal of Envision Shooks Run is to collaboratively work with the community to develop a prioritized implementation plan. Having such a plan in place will allow the City to pursue grant opportunities and other funding sources for the projects.
There are many challenges associated with Shooks Run, and they are all intertwined. Transportation connections, drainage, bridges, parks, trails, creeks and urban planning all need to be addressed together. We encourage you to join us as we seek to address the infrastructure needs along the corridor and implement the vision for parks, trails, streets, neighborhood aesthetics, and the creek.
Your first-hand knowledge of the corridor and your ideas are very important to us as we work collaboratively to fulfill the vision for this community amenity.
Aaron Egbert, City of Colorado Springs, City Engineering
Envision Shooks Run City Project Manager
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“Addressing the problems throughout the Shooks Run Corridor will positively impact property values, contribute to citizen quality of life and promote future development opportunities. If you don’t know how poor of shape it is in now, just walk it. The corridor has the potential to be a linear park with a trail close to the creek that enables users to better interact with the waterway. Other communities, and even other countries, have realized the importance of their water features, maintaining and sustaining them as community assets. It’s past due for us in Colorado Springs to pay more attention to our creeks and streams, enhancing them and preserving them for future generations.”
Patty Jewett Neighborhood Association and local citizen