Public input opportunities

Have your say! Here are ways you can directly get involved with public processes. There are better and worse ways to provide public input to have maximum effectiveness. MedWheel is involved with nearly every public process related to our shared public lands, and we are here to help guide you toward the right way to have your say. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Current active public input processes

Fisher’s Canyon Open Space – Master plan process – the city’s first public input meeting was Weds April 24. Thanks to all the Trail Lovers who showed their support for trails in this new incredible public space adjacent to Cheyenne Mtn State Park, NORAD and US Forest Service system trails (MacNeil trail).Current opportunity: Read the materials from the public meeting and take the survey here. Also check out MedWheel’s Fishers page here.

Blodgett Open Space – Master plan process – the draft plan has been approved by Parks board (8-1) and TOPS working committee (unanimously). The decision of these boards to support this plan has been appealed to city council. This is the right time to email your city leaders to state your support of the master plan which contains great MTB trails in balance with our community’s conservation values. Read more on our website. Locate your city councilor.

El Paso County Jones Park master plan – We have made great progress with this plan which has been in draft since 2020. The latest draft was recently released and is open for feedback until May 31. We are compiling our comments now. PUBLIC MEETING – OPEN HOUSE May 16 5-6pm at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road.

Coleman Park – currently on hold, this major community park has biking opportunities and will need public input, stay tuned for the right time to speak up! The latest we’ve heard is that a geotechnical study has provided good news, but Parks staff is waiting before announcing next steps.

Regular trails-related public board meetings in our area

CS Parks board – advises CS city council about Parks topics. Generally they meet once a month on the second Thursday at 730am, at the Parks office 1401 Recreation way. Usually it’s possible to phone into these meetings. Check out published agendas here. Public comment is allowed at the beginning of the agenda for any items NOT on that day’s agenda. Comments are limited to 3 minutes. There’s no guarantee of any action or even a response. At any time you may email the city’s Parks Board. prcs-parksadvisoryboard-smb@coloradosprings.gov. Please be respectful and constructive when sharing your suggestions.

CS TOPS working Committee – advises Parks board about issues related to the TOPS tax and program. Check out agendas here. They meet every first Weds of the month at 730am, 1401 Recreation way or by phone. Public comment of 3 minutes on non-agenda items allowed at the beginning and the end of each meeting. At any time you can email the TOPS WC : PRCS-TOPSWorkingCommittee-SMB@coloradosprings.gov. Please be respectful and constructive when sharing your suggestions.

CS City Council meetings are held on the second and 4th Tuesdays at 10am at city hall. Please check out this page for more information. Public comment is accepted *near* the beginning of each meeting but it can be well after 10am when it comes up. Locate your city councilor.

El Paso County Parks Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. Public comments are allowed at the beginning of each meeting. You can also contact your county commissioner.

Closed public input

USFS Vegetation Management – Upper South Platte Ranger District – open until Information page.