Source finally identified in Mesa Springs sod damage

       Tire tracks and other sod damage in part of Mesa Springs' “linear park” are to be repaired this spring.
       The revelation, from Jeff Haley of Colorado Springs Parks, was welcome news this week to George Gravenstein, president of the Mesa Springs Community Association. He had reported the condition to different city officials, without getting an explanation, since viewing an unknown contractor working by a manhole there around Thanksgiving.
       Called the linear park by residents but officially titled the Mesa Springs Greenway, the public space consists of a concrete trail and some narrow grassy areas just west of the sound wall along I-25. It continues “in one form or another” from Bijou Street almost to Fillmore, according to Dan Gieck of City Parks, who coordinates greenway repairs through his role as City Parks special improvement district coordinator.
       The manhole is a short distance south of Fontanero, in a roughly 100-square-foot area in the grass next to the trail.
       The damage was an offshoot of a Colorado Springs Utilities project to install new liner inside a large existing water line that goes under the interstate, said Neal Ehrenfeldt of Utilities.
       The city enterprise actually owns the greenway, as the result of an agreement related to the widening of I-25 past the Westside that occurred in two stages (in the 1990s and, most recently, the COSMIX project). Parks was hired by Utilities in 1998 to maintain the greenway, Ehrenfeldt explained.
       In fact, he said, Parks had been aware of the damage and planned to fix it as soon as the weather gets warmer. However, no one had told Gravenstein and his association (which represents the 800-some Mesa Springs households), despite his efforts. “I wasn't getting anywhere making phone calls,” he told the Westside Pioneer.
       Knowing only that large pipes had been used in the project, the Pioneer called the City Stormwater enterprise. Ken Sampley, director of that entity, said it was not his group; he then placed calls to different administrative officials to see what they knew. Finally, after a site visit by city and Utilities workers, the Pioneer was contacted by Haley.

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