Optional shuttles return to Garden of the Gods Park starting Saturday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is once again partnering with the Garden of the Gods Foundation to implement a free public shuttle in Garden of the Gods Park during the park’s most visited months. The optional shuttle will begin Saturday (May 25) and operate daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Wednesday, Aug 21. The shuttles will also run during Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1).

“Garden of the Gods Park is one of our City’s most beloved places to visit, and we are pleased to partner with the Garden of the Gods Foundation to bring this complimentary shuttle service back for a second year,” said Kim King, parks and recreation manager. “With limited parking in the park’s main parking lot due to the construction of new restroom facilities, we believe the shuttle will be an even more attractive option for visitors this summer, and we hope this optional service helps provide an even more enjoyable experience for all.”

The shuttle fleet is comprised of two 14-passenger vans that will complete a four-stop loop at the parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop, which connects to a trail into the Central Garden zone. Shuttles will also stop at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site during its operating hours. Shuttles will depart the parking lot approximately every 15 minutes and are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Adventures Out West – which currently offers guided, purchasable jeep, Segway and trolley tours from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – will again manage and operate the shuttle. It will be funded by both the Garden of the Gods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 1994 to preserve and maintain the park, and the parks department. The foundation also owns and operates the Visitor & Nature Center.

Park visitors will be encouraged to participate in a text-based survey to share their feedback whether they use these services or not. Comments may also be emailed to prcs@springsgov.com throughout the pilot shuttle program. Additional shuttle information, including detailed survey information and a list of frequently asked questions, is available at https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/garden-gods-park-shuttle.

Additional information about the facility improvement project, which is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2019, can be found here:  https://coloradosprings.gov/GOGrestrooms?mlid=46146.

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