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Gate system will prevent illegal after-hour vehicular traffic within the park

Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

 

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department is installing gates at all of the roadway access points surrounding Garden of the Gods Park. Once installed, the gates will allow for the implementation of overnight gate closures that will prevent illegal, after-hour vehicular traffic within Garden of the Gods Park.

 “We strongly believe the installation and implementation of this gate system will benefit the long-term health and safety of Garden of the Gods Park, the most visited and one of the most beloved parks in our city,” said Kurt Schroeder, park maintenance and operations manager. “These gates will also give our maintenance crews more flexibility in clearing the roadways following heavy snow activity and allow for closures during special events and emergency situations where evacuation would be deemed necessary.”

 While four gates are already installed within the park, five more are needed to successfully implement road closures. New gate installation will begin Wednesday. Once all of the remaining gates have been installed, the parks department expects after-hour gate closures to begin in late August or early September.

 Garden of the Gods is free and open to the public daily between the hours of 5 a.m.-10 p.m. from May 1-Oct. 31, and 5 a.m.-9 p.m. from Nov. 1-April 30. The gates will only be utilized outside of the park’s operational hours and during permitted special events and emergency situations.

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By Ed Duffy

Several people have asked me about the construction happening between Hwy 85 and the railroad tracks, just south of the Academy Blvd overpass. So, I went over there today to find out what's going on.

Load & Lock Self Storage is building their second location there. Load & Lock currently has a facility at 1012 Costilla Street in Colorado Springs, near 8th Street and Hwy 24.

You can get more information about Lock and Load and their rates at www.loadnlock.com. We'll bring you more details when they get ready to open.

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by Ed Duffy

Wild Bill's Buffalo Wings has opened a new location on Main Street in Security, just north of Smith Chiropractic and south of Frei Excavating.

Wild Bill's is a local, family owned business that's been in the area for over 12 years. They currently have a location at 390 N. Circle in addition to the new site.

Wild Bill's has wings of course, but also catfish, chicken strips, fries, sandwiches, po boys, ribs Teriyaki chicken, lots of sides, signature sauces and daily dessert specials.

You'll find the new location at 1835 Main Street. You can reach them at 719-465-2298 or on the web at wildbillsbuffalowingscs.com. They're open from 11-8 Monday through Thursday, 11-9 Friday and Saturday and 12-8 Sundays (11-8 during football season).

Check them out. The location looks small, but the flavors are huge!

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Stellar Care and Services LLC has served individuals with developmental disabilities across the state of Colorado for over 10 years, helping them to be active members of their community. However, statistics show that the highest unemployed U.S. citizens (at 92 percent) are those who are challenged with developmental disabilities. Stellar Care is optimistic in trying to change this recurring trend by expanding their mission to include employment opportunities in their new drive-thru coffee shop.  At STELLAR JAVA LLC, individuals with developmental disabilities can have meaningful employment and learn basic skills such as customer service, cashiering, and making the best coffees and smoothies in the area.

A Grand Opening celebration of STELLAR JAVA will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The new drive-thru kiosk is located at 1807 N. Union Blvd. in Colorado Springs, next to the Neighborhood Wal-Mart and the Rampart Supply Co.

For more information, call (719) 344-8931.

1807 N. Union Blvd. C/S, 80909

All are invited to stop by, grab a cup of joe, and support STELLAR JAVA’s mission:  providing a job opportunity to individuals with developmental disabilities, and making everyone a “Meaningful Cup…Meaningful Day.”

For information on applying as a Kiosk Attendant at STELLAR JAVA, go to

https://stellarcare.bamboohr. com/jobs/view.php?id=35

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The City of Fountain has begun construction of a new railroad crossing off Hwy 85 near Fountain Creek Regional Park. A later phase of the project will connect Hwy 85 with C & S Rd and Fountain Mesa Road. 

 

The crossing is needed in part because the crossing at Mesa Rd. will eventually be closed when Hwy 85 is widened.