June 2020 Press Releases

Press Release 6/30/20

Release Date: (30, June, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Pool and Fitness Center Update)

MANITOU SPRINGS, CO – The Pool and Fitness Center will reopen later than anticipated, so we can complete a few projects and renovations. We understand how much our community cherishes their Pool and Fitness Center, and we are as excited as ever to reopen it to the public.

We want to ensure that when it is reopened, your experience is even better than before. Our new CivicRec website, allows for easy access to availability, as well as a simple way to view and sign up for our many programs. You can view it here: https://secure.rec1.com/CO/manitou-springs-co-/catalog

It is our duty to provide the best amenity that we can to our amazing community, thus we are performing several repairs, cleaning, and COVID-19 precautionary procedures.

No date has been set thus far for the reopening. When more updates are available, we will provide it immediately.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

(719) 306-2884

atrefry@manitouspringsco.gov

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 6/15/20

Release Date: (15, June, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Manitou Ave. Repaving)

This operation will be fully paid for by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). The City of Manitou Springs’ Public Works Department has hired a contractor to pave a 200-foot section of Manitou Ave., beginning June 22nd at 7 a.m. The paving may continue into the following day.

The paving will take place in the westbound lane from 930 Manitou Ave. to 946 Manitou Ave. Flaggers will be present, and two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the entirety of the operation. Business owners’ parking spots will be temporarily effected during this paving operation. Thank you for your cooperation!


Alex Trefry 

Public Information Officer 

719-306-2884 

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 6/12/2020

Release Date: (12, June, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Parking in Manitou Springs Moving In-House)

The City of Manitou Springs, to enhance customer service, and its ability to help and support its downtown area, will be bringing parking in-house. Therefore, the contract with SP+ will end as of July 11th, 2020. We look forward to the opportunities that the City can provide with this new direction. 

Alex Trefry 

Public Information Officer 

719-306-2884 

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Public Works Update 6/12/2020

Release Date: (12, June, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Fire Hydrant Maintenance)

The City will have a contractor performing fire hydrant maintenance starting the end of June. The maintenance will begin on the West end of Manitou Springs. Please note that in areas near the maintenance, water pressure may decrease, and water may begin to look rust colored. Both of these are normal symptoms, and will go away quickly if you run your faucet and cycle the water. More updates will come once the project becomes closer to beginning. 

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 6/11/2020

Release Date: (3, June, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Bear Attack)

Manitou Springs is the amazing place that it is, in-part, because of its beautiful environment. Within this environment is wildlife, who will begin to search for food again. It is of the utmost importance that we wildlife-proof our trash bins, and ensure that no trash is left around our properties. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of a bear entering our residential areas.  

Between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on June 10th, a bear, with cubs nearby, approached a man walking his dog, and attacked his dog. The man received no injuries and is safe. The dog received severe injuries, but is luckily alive. The incident happened at the corner of Midland Ave. and Shoshone. 

For information on how to be bear-smart, visit: https://bearsmartmanitousp.wixsite.com/bearsmartmanitou 

For a wildlife-proof trashcan, you can pick up an application at the Planning Department and submit it to our Code Enforcement Officer.  

    
    

     

       
   

Joint Press Release 6/10/2020

Release Date: (10, June, 2020)

RE: (Manitou Incline Could Reopen with Interim Free Reservation System)

FOR MORE INFORMATION 

Vanessa Zink City of Colorado Springs, Senior Communications Specialist (719) 491-0363 

Alex Trefry City of Manitou Springs, Public Information and Engagement Officer (719) 306-2884 

COLORADO SPRINGS/MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs and the City of Manitou Springs are collaborating on a plan to reopen the Manitou Incline aligned with recommended public health modifications, including measures to better ensure physical distancing. The City of Colorado Springs consulted with the other coowners of the Incline, the USDA Forest Service and Colorado Springs Utilities, on the proposed interim management plan. The Incline has been closed since March 17, under an emergency resolution issued by Manitou Springs City Council in response to COVID19. 

 

The Manitou Springs City Council will convene a special work session Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. to hear a re-opening proposal from Colorado Springs city staff and a parking plan from the City of Manitou Springs. Since this is a work session, public comment will not be taken from the Council on Thursday, however, the public can attend the meeting virtually through the City of Manitou Springs’ website: https://www.manitouspringsgov.com/201/City-Council. After the work session, Manitou Springs City Council will give direction on how to move forward.  

 

If you cannot attend the work session, you may view a recording of the meeting on the City of Manitou Springs’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgAighRKM1Y4WMZZtBMTU4w 

 

The management proposal outlines a free, online reservation system that would allow a maximum of 45 hikers to access the Incline every 30 minutes from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Users would be required to check in with an onsite attendant before accessing the trail. The City of Colorado Springs would operate and staff the interim reservation system. Other elements of the proposal include the addition of a handwashing station and increased restroom maintenance. Physical distancing, personal hygiene and use of a face covering would also be encouraged. 

 

Additional information is available here: 

    
    

     

       
   

Public Works Update 6/3/2020

Release Date: (3, June, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Oak Place Reopening and Water Main Extension)

The City’s Public Works Department will finish the Oak Place sewer main replacement project and reopen Oak Place beginning tomorrow morning (June 4th). Oak place will remain open until Monday, June 8th at 8:00am. Beggining then, the Public Works Department will be conducting a water main extension in the same area pictured. Oak Place will reopen on Monday, June 15th. The same detour and access will be used as with the sewer main replacement (pictured). Thank you for your cooperation! 

Alex Trefry 

Public Information Officer 

719-306-2884  

atrefry@comsgov.com