Trail extension popular so far in Bear Creek Park survey

       The time frame has been extended to Monday, Oct. 1 for people to fill out a survey on Bear Creek Regional Park's future.
       The deadline had been Sept. 21, but El Paso County Parks Planning Manager Neil Katz said a few people had told him that they didn't know it was happening.
       Of the 400-some responses that have come in so far, one consistent complaint has been that the survey form includes a checkbox for a golf course/driving range - even though an actual proposal for that use met with strong opposition last year.
       Katz explained that the form is mostly standardized, so that the same golf checkbox could appear on similar surveys for other county regional parks.
       In any case, the golf idea has received the lowest rating so far of the 12 suggested park enhancements on the form. The highest ranked is a multi-use trail to the Bear Creek Nature Center, with a sledding hill second and an outdoor ice rink third.
       County Parks' goal is to update the Bear Creek master plan, with the help of citizens. Such a task is undertaken at each county regional park every five years.
       “We try to listen to what citizens want and need,” Katz said. It doesn't mean funding is available for any of the ideas.
       The survey can be filled out online at and Leisure Services, or copies can be picked up at park headquarters, 2002 Creek Crossing; or the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road.

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