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Thousands of special events and activities take place Downtown every year, most produced by a wide variety of civic and cultural organizations. Downtown Partnership, through its charitable arm Downtown Ventures, produces several of its own programs specifically designed to lure more people Downtown for arts, culture, learning and exploring.

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Skate in the Park

November 13, 2020

Last days for skating!

Skate in the Park at Acacia Park, presented by ACADEMY BANK, is open through January 31, 2021. 

What’s New for Skate in the Park this Season?

We have made changes to help us follow health guidelines, make your experience more enjoyable, and keep you safe!

Two-hour skating sessions.

This allows us to manage COVID capacity limits and have extra time to clean & disinfect between sessions. We are unable to offer open skating this season.

Online reservations are required.

All skaters and spectators must make reservations online, so we can manage capacity limits. 

No refunds.

We are unable to refund for no-shows, or to transfer tickets to a different date or time.

Admission

  • We’ve reduced our price to $9 tickets, which includes skate rental.
  • Kids 4 & under are free when accompanied by a paid admission.
  • Spectators are free when accompanied by a paid admission.

Admission purchases will only be available 1-2 weeks in advance of each session, so we can adjust to ever-changing capacity limits and health guidelines accordingly.

Location

Acacia Park, in Downtown Colorado Springs
115 E. PLATTE AVE., Colorado Springs, 80903
719-385-6521

sessions

  • Full day (dark blue on schedule) days include sessions from 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 4-6pm and 7-9pm
  • Evening (light blue on schedule) sessions are 4-6pm and 7-9pm.
  • Private rentals (purple on schedule) sessions vary. Click GET TICKETS to reserve, or email skateinthepark@coloradosprings.gov with questions.
  • Special hours (pink on schedule) vary by date.
  • Pond Hockey (green on schedule) league play, requiring pre-registration for players. Closed to public skating.
 

Bonus

Download a fun Skate in the Park coloring sheet! CLICK HERE.

FAQs

Are skate rentals available?
Yes, skates are included in the price of admission (*sizes and quantities are limited).

What is the capacity?
We follow capacity limits set by the El Paso County Health Department. These guidelines for outdoor events may shift throughout the season. 

Are masks required?
Masks are required inside the building. While not required for skating (as an outdoor activity) they are encouraged.

Are skating aids available?
Yes, Bobby the Seal skate aids are available for rental. They allow a skater to push the back, providing support and stability. They also allow small skaters a seat to ride on. Limited quantities, so be sure to reserve yours when you purchase your admission online.

Can Spectators attend without having to skate?
Yes, but they must reserve a Spectator Admission (free) with a paying customer. This is necessary to maintain proper capacity levels at the rink.

Where to do I park?
There are metered, on-street parking spaces surrounding Acacia Park. Meters are in effect seven days a week, and can be paid with coins, credit cards or ParkMobile app. The less expensive option is the parking garage at Bijou and Cascade. Find parking details HERE

Can my pet join me?
No, pets are not allowed. Service animals are allowed on site, but not on the ice.

Is there a place to store my valuables while I skate?
Yes, 25 cent lockers are available to store your valuables – be sure to bring your own quarters since Skate in the Park is cashless. The facility is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.

Are there other items available for purchase to make my experience more enjoyable?
Yes, retails items such as hats, socks, gloves, hand warmers, ear muffs, glow products and bottled water are available for purchase on site. Please bring a credit card, we are not able to accept cash.

If I reserved a Spectator Admission and decide I’d like to skate, can I modify my reservation?
Yes, once you arrive on site for your session, see a cashier to change your reservation and take your credit card payment. No modifications can be done over the phone or by email, they can only be modified on site at the time of your session.We 


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First Friday Downtown

December 4, 2020

EXPLORE FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN
Live, by appointment or at a distance

Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.

Many galleries offer in-person First Friday experiences compliant with current public health guidelines. Scroll down for a comprehensive of participating venues, updated monthly. 

Don’t see anything here? Check back in the week preceding First Friday for the latest and greatest events!

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CORE CULTURE WALKING TOURS

Downtown Walking Tours

December 5, 2020

2021 Tours

Presented by Maggie Turner, Realtor with Springs Homes

Hour-long guided tours introduce the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of Downtown. Catch a public tour for $10 on the first Saturday of each month, or email info@downtowncs.com to reserve a private tour for 10 or more. Student and corporate tours also available.

PRE-REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Tours frequently sell out in advance. Click individual dates below to purchase tickets.

STARTING TIME & LOCATION

NEW for 2021: Morning and afternoon tours available! Tours are held the first Saturday of each month, and depart at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. from various Downtown coffee shops (check individual dates for location details). Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 min. early to enjoy a free beverage of their choice (included in ticket price)

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Downtown Walking Tours are conducted in compliance with all current public health orders.
As of most recent update to this page (November 10), safety precautions will include:
– Masks required for tour guides and for participants
– Tour groups of no more than 10
– Tour participants encouraged to maintain physical distancing of 6′ or more
– Pre-tour beverages will be offered outdoors only

CANCELLATION POLICY

Tickets are non-refundable. Given 24 hours cancellation notice (call 886-0088 or email info@downtowncs.com), tickets may be transferred to a later tour date.

Image courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

February: Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives
Celebrating the 19th Amendment

Starts at Loyal Coffee (408 S. Nevada Ave.)

What did suffrage mean to the lives of women in the Pikes Peak Region? Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, this tour highlights women’s stories of work, activism and philanthropy in the historic working-class neighborhood of Southwest Downtown.

Register for Feb. 6 morning tour

Register for Feb. 6 afternoon tour

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March: COS@150

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture is drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years. Join Museum staff to explore how objects tell stories about people and place. 

Register for Mar. 6 morning tour

Register for Mar. 6 afternoon tour

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APRIL: ART ON THE STREETS

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Last chance to see the 2020 exhibit! For 23 years, the annual Art on the Streets exhibit has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them.

Register for Apr. 3 morning tour

Register for Apr. 3 afternoon tour

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MAY: COS@150

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture is drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years. Join Museum staff to explore how objects tell stories about people and place. 

Register for May 1 morning tour

Register for May 1 afternoon tour

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JUNE: Art on the Streets

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

First chance to see the 2021 exhibit! For 23 years, the annual Art on the Streets exhibit has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them.

Register for Jun. 5 morning tour

Register for Jun. 5 afternoon tour

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July: HOMETOWN Heroes

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

This special walking tour highlights lesser-known figures from the history of Colorado Springs who took a stand against violence and injustice. Downtown Partnership would like to thank the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for the educational research and resources that informed this tour.

Register for Jul. 3 morning tour

Register for Jul. 3 afternoon tour

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AUGUST: COS@150

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture is drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years. Join Museum staff to explore how objects tell stories about people and place. 

Register for Aug. 7 morning tour

Register for Aug. 7 afternoon tour

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SEPTEMBER: Art on the Streets

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

For 23 years, the annual Art on the Streets exhibit has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor gallery of sculptures and murals. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them.

Register for Sep. 4 morning tour

Register for Sep. 4 afternoon tour

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October: Ghosts of Downtown 

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Hear spooky stories from Colorado Springs’ early days in this interactive tour featuring local storytellers from the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. Some stories are real; some are fake – can you tell which is which? Hear the untold stories of local historic buildings and get to know the Ghosts of Downtown in this special offering from Downtown Partnership.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a VERY popular tour! Multiple dates are available, but don’t wait to register.

Register for Oct. 1 evening tour

Register for Oct. 2 morning tour

Register for Oct. 2 afternoon tour

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NOVEMBER: COS@150

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture is drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years. Join Museum staff to explore how objects tell stories about people and place. 

Register for Nov. 6 morning tour

Register for Nov. 6 afternoon tour

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December: What’s Up Downtown

Starts at Loyal Coffee (408 S. Nevada Ave.)

What’s that crane in the sky? What new business is coming to your favorite block? Where did that piece of public art go? Get the answers with What’s Up Downtown, an interactive experience of all the exciting changes coming to the heart of the city in 2022.

Register for Dec. 4 morning tour

Register for Dec. 4 afternoon tour

Thanks to our partners

Downtown Walking Tours are sponsored by Maggie Turner, Realtor with Springs Homes.

History tours are conducted in partnership with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Downtown Partnership would also like to thank Pikes Peak Writers Guild, The Perk Downtown, the Wild Goose Meeting House, Loyal Coffee and Story Coffee for their ongoing support.

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City Center Series: Talent Development in the City Center

January 20, 2021

JANUARY 20: TALENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY CENTER

FREE ONLINE EVENT
January 20, 4 – 5:15pm MST

WITH IRMA OLGUIN AND JAKE SOBERAL, CO-CEOS OF BITWISE

What is an employer’s role in raising young people out of poverty?

BITWISE INDUSTRIES and its associated entities have built an equitable, sustainable talent pipeline for Fresno’s technology sector through training, education and a long-term commitment to local under resourced communities. This in turn has sparked a renaissance for Downtown Fresno.

Listen in as Colorado Springs tech industry leaders talk with Irma and Jake about what it takes to equitably develop local talent in a way that builds success for all.

Featured panelists:

Meet the City Center Series Sponsors:

The 2021 City Center Speaker Series is presented by COLORADO SPRINGS HEALTH FOUNDATION, providing grants that target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso County and Teller County, CO.

Sponsors of individual speaker events include CONOTRAILS AND OPEN SPACE COALITION and COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE.

COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL has been the media sponsor of the City Center Speaker Series since its inception.

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City Center Series: Equity in Transportation

February 17, 2021

FEBRUARY 17: EQUITY IN TRANSPORTATION

with Tamika L. Butler

FREE ONLINE EVENT
February 17, 4 – 5:15pm MST

Active multimodal transit is key to economic and public health for growing cities. How do we ensure its benefits are accessible to ALL citizens?

Tamika L. Butler is a national expert on issues related to the built environment, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, and change management. Recently, Tamika was Toole Design’s Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion. Formerly serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, they addressed social and racial equity in wellness by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities.

Presented by TRAILS & OPEN SPACE COALITION 

Q&A facilitied by Jolie NeSmith, PikeRide
 
 

Meet the Sponsors:

The 2021 City Center Speaker Series is presented by COLORADO SPRINGS HEALTH FOUNDATION, providing grants that target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso County and Teller County, CO.

Sponsors of individual speaker events include CONOTRAILS AND OPEN SPACE COALITION and COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE.

COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL has been the media sponsor of the City Center Speaker Series since its inception.

 
 

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City Center Series: How to Retain Your Community’s Soul During Rapid Development

March 17, 2021

HOW TO RETAIN YOUR
COMMUNITY’S SOUL DURING RAPID DEVELOPMENT

with Dan Carmody, president of Detroit Eastern Market Partnership

FREE ONLINE EVENT
March 17, 4 – 5:15pm MST

Community revitalization can mean many things. On the eve of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial, what does our city need to thrive in the next 150 years?

Dan is a dynamic speaker who led the renaissance of Detroit’s Eastern Market as a hub for healthy food and local jobs, eventually expanding a wholesale food district to include mixed-use buildings, additional light manufacturing, and better public spaces. “Don’t change a thing; just make it better” – the motto of many longtime Eastern Market stakeholders – speaks to how long-venerated institutions must evolve with the times to survive.

Presented by COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE

Q&A facilitated by REV. DR. STEPHANY ROSE SPAULDING


Meet the Sponsors:

The 2021 City Center Speaker Series is presented by COLORADO SPRINGS HEALTH FOUNDATION, providing grants that target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso County and Teller County, CO.

Sponsors of individual speaker events include CONOTRAILS AND OPEN SPACE COALITION and COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE.

COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL has been the media sponsor of the City Center Speaker Series since its inception.

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City Center Series: Public Space Design for Public Health Equity

April 14, 2021

APRIL 14: Public Space Design for Public Health Equity

with Dr. Keshia Pollack Porter,                  Johns Hopkins University, 
Bloomberg School of Public Health 

 

FREE ONLINE EVENT
April 14, 4 – 5:15pm MST

The upheavals of 2020 highlighted long-standing inequities in how public space serves public health. What needs to change to make our city center safe and healthy for all?

Dr. Keshia Pollack Porter’s (Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg
School of Public Health)  research focuses on tactics to center equity and public health in how we address public spaces, promoting safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play and travel. 

Q&A facilitated by Tilah Larson, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and cultural services

 


Meet the Sponsors:

The 2021 City Center Speaker Series is presented by COLORADO SPRINGS HEALTH FOUNDATION, providing grants that target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso County and Teller County, CO.

Sponsors of individual speaker events include CONOTRAILS AND OPEN SPACE COALITION and COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE.

COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL has been the media sponsor of the City Center Speaker Series since its inception.

 

 

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