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El Paso County, Colorado, May 09, 2024 – El Paso County Parks has announced that the public comment portion of the Jones Park Master Plan has been open!

In 2015, the City of Colorado Springs conveyed Jones Park to El Paso County. Jones Park is approximately 1,200 acres located within the Bear Creek Watershed and surrounded by United States Forest Service land. Its remoteness, along with beautiful stands of aspen trees, mature conifer forests, and mountainous terrain, has made Jones Park popular for multiple outdoor recreation pursuits. Jones Park is also home to the federally threatened Greenback Cutthroat Trout.

The Jones Park Master Plan is a product of collective effort, reflecting the existing conditions and community interests. It aims to

  • ensure long-term sustainability
  • conservation of the open space and wildlife habitat
  • recognize and preserve historic and cultural resources
  • identify and formalize existing multi-use trails

The process of developing this plan has involved a community survey and multiple public meetings.

This Master Plan is being developed in accordance with the Bear Creek Watershed Restoration / Environmental Assessment, US Forest Service Bear Creek Watershed Project / Final Decision, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion, El Paso County Parks standards, and the Jones Park Conservation Easement (held by the Palmer Land Conservancy).

By contributing to this Master Plan, you are helping to shape the future of Jones Park.

Residents can send your comments to parks@elpasoco.com.

Comments are due by May 31, 2024.