The Legacy Loop project is a multi-phase effort to create a cohesive 10-mile trail and park loop, connecting Monument Valley Park on the west and the Shooks Run trail on the east, encircling downtown Colorado Springs. It will improve trail connectivity, expand accessibility and enhance recreational opportunities.
Colorado Springs Forward has recognized that the Legacy Loop Project will be an exciting amenity for the future of Colorado Springs. It will enhance the city’s reputation as a center for health and wellness. The Legacy Loop will be an important draw for downtown and will enhance regional economic development.
At this time, however, the Legacy Loop lacks trail signs and way-finding is difficult. Because it may be several years before all the connections are made on the north and south ends of the Legacy Loop, users attempting the trail often find themselves back on city streets, without any indication of how or whether the trail continues. The Colorado Springs Parks Department and advisory boards have developed an extensive signage package, but lack current resources to implement this needed improvement.
In September 2017, after a couple of our bicycling board members had the same difficulty staying on the trail, Colorado Springs Forward agreed to fund interim trail markers for the Legacy Loop. The trail markers have been manufactured locally by Springs Fabrication Inc. The markers incorporate the logo adopted by the Parks Department. On December 9, 2017, volunteers from the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI), the Greenway Fund, the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), and Colorado Springs Forward will converge on the Loop for a workday with the Parks Department to install these new trail markers. CSF supporters are encouraged to join us. We meet at 10 a.m at the Legacy Loop Plaza parking lot, just off the Fontenaro exit. It is our gift to the city, just in time for the holidays!
The next phase of interim trail signs for the Legacy Loop will be installed in the coming weeks on city streets by the Colorado Springs Public Works Department.