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Bristol Canal – Mesa connector

in 2023 MedWheel worked with our partners, the Organization of Westside Neighbors, Boy Scouts of America, D11 School District, Uintah Bluffs HOA and other community members, on a trail connection between Bristol Park at Mesa Ave (adjacent to Bristol Elementary School), up to Mesa Reservoir #2 open space.

This trail connection was part of the original planning department approval for the Uintah Bluffs neighborhood. The pink lines in the above map show the new trail that was created.

The trail re-establishes a substantial section of the historic El Paso Canal, shown in yellow. The canal provides a glimpse into the past, a fascinating piece community’s history, an engineering vision made reality in the 1870’s by General Palmer’s crews. The Canal was conceived as a way provide water from Fountain Creek to the old north end, irrigating fruit trees near the Mesa along the way, and allowing the development of the beautiful tree-lined streets of Colorado Springs before the existence of water utilities. Amazingly the canal crossed Monument Creek, whose water volume was too inconsistent to meet the needs of the rapidly growing city.