City wants community input for future of Shooks Run

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Community members will have the chance to be a part of envisioning the future when it comes to Shooks Run creek and trail.

The City of Colorado Springs is hosting a public workshop Tuesday evening. It will gather input as they draft a plan. It will guide how infrastructure improvements and enhancements are implemented along and near the Shooks Run corridor over the next 50 years.

The city launched "Envision Shooks Run" earlier this year. Over the past few months, they have been gathering input on how not only to improve, but transform the run into a community asset that attracts citizens and visitors alike to experience the natural beauty, linear parks and destination enhancements.

"One of the key goals of the Facilities Master Plan (FMP)," said Aaron Egbert, City project manager, "will be to leverage public-private partnerships for various improvements, including the completion of a greenway and potential 'destinations' at various locations along Shooks Run. Such improvements as a bike park, wetland areas, nature centers, or other facilities are intended to attract interest from the broader Colorado Springs community and to support economic development in the area, including ongoing downtown revitalization efforts."

What: Envision Shooks Run Public Workshop #5
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
Where: First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
219 E. Bijou St. (corner of Weber St. and Bijou St.), Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(Enter on the Weber St. side of the building. Free parking is to the east of the building, southeast corner of Bijou St. and Weber St.)

That FMP will serve as a planning document that will be approved by City Council and the mayor. This will set forth a vision for a portion of the city through improvements and changes to streets, bridges, drainage infrastructure and zoning.

"This long-term plan will enable the City to make strategic decisions on allocation of funds in a fiscally responsible manner to maximize needed improvements," said Egbert.