A vision, approved

Panorama Park, a 13 1/2-acre, sun-soaked platte adjacent to Panorama Middle School, is slated to get a major overhaul by 2021. [Express photo/file]

Parks board unanimously endorses Panorama master plan

The redevelopment of Panorama Park will move forward.

The Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously gave its blessing to the park master plan Thursday, July 11. The vote finalized a 2-year-long community engagement campaign that involved two open houses, three parties in the park, 10 meetings with area stakeholders, countless hours collecting digital and written surveys, a bicycle tour and a broad-based coalition of community partners, quasi-governmental entities and a youth advisory board.

The goal was to create a community asset in the heart of Southeast designed by and for the residents it serves, El Paso County Public Health Community Outreach Coordinator and RISE Coalition chief Joyce Salazar said.

“Not only is this park a physical space, it’s doing some thing for our community, for our residents, for our youth,” she told the board. “It’s so much more than just a playground, a swing set, a slide. It’s really bringing us together.”

With the board’s blessing, the next stage of planning – taking an in-depth look at everything from playground fixtures to platting out the adventure, bicycle and winding walking trails can move forward, City Landscape Architect Connie Perry said.

If all goes according to plan, construction should be completed and the park ready for play in 2021.

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This is a developing story. For more details, check out the August-September edition of the Southeast Express, heading your way July 22.

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