If you travel near Garden of the Gods on a regular basis, it is likely that you have noticed the work occurring around the Camp Creek Drainage. Starting July 29th, the Foothills Trail in Garden of the Gods Park will close temporarily for the installation of a new sewer pipe. This section of the Foothills trail is expected to reopen Aug 26th though additional trail closures may be required throughout the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Flood Mitigation Project
Following the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012 flash flooding along Camp Creek through GoG and the North and South Douglas creek increased. The impact from flooding can be seen in the damage to the Foothills trail along Camp Creek caused by a flash flood in 2013. Through the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project, short-term solutions went into place in 2013. The work you are seeing today is the long-term project that aims to protect downstream communities from flooding while preserving the park’s iconic view while. This FEMA funded project which will create dams to temporarily store a portion of the Camp Creek floodwaters to decrease downstream flow rates to reduce flooding caused by storms over the recent burns scars.
While closing a section of the foothills trail for a month, this project will improve the trail network around Garden of the Gods. The section of the Foothills trail mentioned above that was damage in a 2013 flood will be reconstructed along the eastern side of the project area. This much needed improvement will replace the temporary alignment that was created after the flood damage occurred.
More project around Garden of the Gods will be starting in the next 12 months, stay tuned to BCS for more information on the impacts and improvements that these projects will bring; This includes a multi-use trail along Camp Creek down 31st Street and a 7ft wide multi use shoulder along 30th Street.