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 among the bustle of Downtown business.
In the center of Downtown is Colorado Springs’ first park, Acacia Park, donated to the city by Gen. William Jackson Palmer, the city’s founder, in 1871. You’ll find shuffleboard at the north end of the one-block park, and the ever-popular Uncle Wilber Fountain and playground on the southwest corner. A seasonal Visitor Hub provides information for tourists, and concerts, festivals, ice skating and more occur throughout the year. Located at 115 E. Platte Ave.
America the Beautiful Park
Located in Southwest Downtown, America the Beautiful Park features a playground, walking paths, picnic pavilion, as well as access to Midland and Pikes Peak Greenway trails – part of the Legacy Loop. 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. The Julie Penrose Fountain is accessible for those with strollers or wheelchairs. Located at 126 Cimino Drive.
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.
Monument Valley Park
Running along the western edge of Downtown, Monument Valley Park stretches north into the Old North End neighborhood. Monument Creek runs the length of the park, as does the Pikes Peak Greenway trail, which connects Monument Valley and America the Beautiful parks. Located at 170 W. Cache La Poudre St, and wheelchair accessible. 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, pickelball courts, sand volleyball area, pond, picnic shelters, playground, restrooms, hiking and biking trails, access to Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.
- Horticultural Art Society Demonstration Gardens and City Greenhouse located on the northeast corner of Mesa Road and Glen Avenue.
Smaller parks in Downtown include:
- Boulder Crescent, 302 N. Cascade Ave.
- Antlers Park, 31 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (behind The Antlers Hotel).
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.
Julie Penrose Fountain, in America the Beautiful Park
126 Cimino Drive
Hours of operation: End of May through mid-August, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Uncle Wilber Fountain, in Acacia Park
115 East Platte Ave.
Hours of operation: End of May through mid-August
Monday-Wednesday, noon-6 p.m.
Thursday, noon-7:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.*
*From 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday-Sunday, only the pop jets and lights will run, not the full show.