April 9, 2021 – El Paso County Parks is expected to begin the Fairground Walkways Improvement Project at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan, Colorado on Monday, April 12, 2021. The project is expected to continue through mid-June 2021.
In 2020, El Paso County Parks applied for a community development block grant for ADA accessibility improvements at the El Paso County Fairgrounds to connect several buildings with accessible pathways which includes concrete sidewalks, asphalt paths, and ramps.
This project will connect major buildings at the El Paso County Fairgrounds so that there is an accessible route from the south end of the fairgrounds starting at the ticketing booth to the north end of the fairground at Swink Hall.
The main spine of this accessible route will be 10’ wide asphalt path. This path will take advantage of existing paving, but additional paving will need to be repaired. A 6’ wide sidewalk will branch off of the main path, creating an accessible route to Owens Livestock Arena with another smaller branch connecting the existing playground the main accessible route. The 10’ asphalt path will continue north through what during the annual fair is a midway and will terminate at Swink Hall. A concrete sidewalk will branch off making a connection to an existing sidewalk that leads up to Whittemore Hall.
A visual representation can be viewed by downloading the Fairground Walkways Improvement Project Plan.