Jun 27, 2010 7:56 PM by Jeannette Hynes

My 719 Moms Top 5 parks in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has more than 100 parks.  Even though city budget cuts have turned much of our open space into weeds and dry grass, the parks still have plenty of free entertainment to offer. founder Janay Oliver spent several weeks surveying Colorado Springs parks to find the best ones. 

Her criteria included location, easy parking, open spaces, places for picnics/events, toys for young children and older children.  If the park had a lake or fountain, that also scored high on the list.

In no particular order, here are Top 5 parks:

1. America the Beautiful/Central

* Play areas for both younger and older children
* An amazing fountain on site for kids to splash
* Lots of open space
* Covered areas for parties and picnics

2. Woodmen Valley/Northwest

* Equipment for younger and older children
* Gazebo for parties and picnics
* Open Spaces
* Sand, so bring sand toys

3. Cottonwood Creek/Northeast

* Full service center! Multiple levels of play equipment, rec center, walking trails
* Covered picnic area
* Open spaces

4. Nancy Lewis/Central

* Equipment for younger and older kids
* Lake with walking trail
* Open Spaces
* Picnic area and gazebo for parties

5. Quail Lake/ Southwest

* Multiple levels of equipment
* Lake on site with walking trail
* Picnic areas
* Sand boxes
* Lots of open space

We also want to mention "Swing High" playground that opened in May at Memorial Park.  It's the first wheelchair-accessible playground in Colorado Springs.

Explore and enjoy.


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