Colorado Springs park undergoes revamp

February 8, 2018 by  

Bancroft Park, which is located in the Old Colorado City area of Colorado Springs, is getting some updates.

The band shell, which was damaged in a fire, has now been repaired, and the city is designing restrooms for the park.

The fire brought the park to the attention of the city, and Keith King, a former councilman representing District 3 (which includes the park) was able to get $500,000 allocated for improvements.

Outdoor restrooms might be the most important of all the projects. They are to be located on West Colorado Avenue, where they will take the place of the current portable restrooms. Landscape architect David Deitemeyer said the new facilities will be available to regular park users, as well as visitors.

The new facilities will also help ease congestion in the Old Colorado City Library, which is nearby. According to Janina Goodwin, the library’s manager, few businesses in the Old Colorado City neighborhood have restrooms for public use, leading many to come to the library, where lines sometimes form.

Neighborhood residents have attended several meetings, suggesting that they would like to see picnic tables, benches, and a playground added to the park. The projects have been put on the ‘wish list’, but as yet, there are no funds available for these items.

When improvements like this open, officials might work with a poster printing company to create signs directing people to the new facilities.