Know Do’s and Don’Ts at Colorado Springs Parks, Trails as Summer Rolls In

Summer is almost here, which means Colorado Springs parks and trails will be filled with more people than usual over the next few months.

Parks are made for playtime, picnics, kite-flying, Frisbee tosses and grilling (in designated areas). In the Colorado Springs area, there are plenty of places for these opportunities with more than 150 parks and 260 miles of urban and park trails.

But all this space to roam and enjoy doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want, even now that city park hours are longer – from 5 a.m.- 11 p.m. until Oct. 31.

The list of no-no’s includes obvious activities as consuming or possessing alcohol, but you also can’t have open fires or charcoal grills.

“Make every effort to see that propane grills are placed on hard surfaces such as a concrete pad or picnic table,” the city said in a statement.

And don’t think you can play music as loud as you want without obtain a noise permit through the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Kurt Schroeder, the city’s park operations and development manager, said two rules he wants locals and visitors to follow this summer are to stay on trails and to keep their dogs leashed.

“It’s really critical that people stay on trail,” he said. “When you go off trail, there’s a real possibility that they negatively impact the environment and the environment is why everyone is out.”

For those who want to let their dogs run free, he pointed out that there are several dog parks in the area.

Drones and other radio-controlled flying objects are also banned from parks, Schroeder said. He said that the city is looking into allowing the devices within city limits but noted that they can disturb wildlife.

“We understand it’s a great recreational activity,” Schroeder said, “but we want to make sure it’s done in the appropriate location.”

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