Olympic Museum details unveiled

Olympic Museum details unveiled

Organizers of the planned U.S. Olympic Museum have unveiled the first conceptual drawings of the building and site in downtown Colorado Springs. Museum officials also announced finalization Thursday of the gift from Nor’wood Development Group, which donated 1.7 acres near the intersection of Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street, directly east of the railroad tracks, […]

Garden of the Gods Visitor, Nature Center to reopen next week

Garden of the Gods Visitor, Nature Center to reopen next week

  The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center’s new exhibit designs and building improvement projects will open to the public May 16. Grand opening festivities take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. New Exhibit highlights include a full-scale model of the Theiophytalia kerri dinosaur, a paleontological find in Garden of the Gods; the Geologic […]

Cripple Creek survival stories

Cripple Creek survival stories

In 1992, the first full year after casino gambling was introduced in the historic Colorado mining towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek, casinos in “The Creek” reported adjusted gross proceeds (AGP) of $52.5 million. Revenues climbed steadily during the next 13 years, peaking at $154.9 million in 2007. Since then, Cripple Creek […]

Museums, arenas shine if done right

For a good chunk of February, a driving vacation took me back to my roots, visiting Arkansas and coming back through Texas, seeing family and friends at various stops. But though this trip wasn’t about work, I couldn’t avoid noticing some tourist attractions along the way, especially how they might relate to what’s going on […]

Report: Tourism promotions underfunded in Pikes Peak region

Results of an analysis conducted by Tourism Economics were presented to the regional tourism industry on Tuesday, March 10. Private donations, along with financial and organizational support from 26 businesses and municipalities, helped commission a study to determine how Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region compares to its competitive set relative to destination marketing investment. Findings:  The […]

Summit House plans underway

Summit House plans underway

The city released its formal Request for Proposals for architectural and engineering services for the new Pikes Peak Summit House Monday morning. This marks a significant milestone for the long-deferred plan to replace the rundown 1965 structure. Twenty years ago, a comprehensive master plan for Pikes Peak identified two major priorities for preserving the peak’s […]

Balloons returning for new festival

Balloons returning for new festival

The balloons are back in town. The city of Colorado Springs announced last week that it was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions to provide a balloon festival during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. The new festival, yet to be named, was chosen through a request-for-proposal process to fill a space vacated by the […]

C4C compresses to single issue

C4C compresses to single issue

The debate over City for Champions has evolved (or devolved) into a single-subject argument. The context: Should local tax-increment financing (TIF) be used to cover approximately $100 million of the $250 million proposal? Is TIF a painless way to fund major civic improvements, or is it a sophisticated scam, a way for special interests to […]

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