Pride FestThe nonprofit Colorado Springs Pride announced Monday morning it dissolved its Pride Center after 37 years of LGBT support.

The organization’s board of directors decided last week to close the Pride Center at 401 S. Tejon St. due to “unretired debt from years past, as well as management issues,” according to a news release.

“The decision to end the Pride Center’s run was difficult and emotional,” the group said in the release. “The choice was a complicated and challenging one for the board of directors. The Pride Center has been a force for positive change for decades in the Pikes Peak region, providing assistance, advocacy and support for the LGBT public.”

The group said it unsuccessfully explored creative options to keep the center afloat and hopes that “LGBT stakeholders” in Colorado Springs “will step in to see the needs of the community continue to be addressed.”

The organization was founded in 1978 and operated one of the nation’s oldest LGBT community centers, according to the release.

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In a related matter, Colorado Springs businessman Nic Grzecka, owner of Club Q and Vbar, announced Monday he will transform Colorado Springs Pride Fest, Inc., as a 501(c)3 established to stage the Colorado Springs Pride Festival.

Grzecka agreed to take over the event from the Colorado Springs Pride Center. This year’s Pride Festival will be Colorado Springs’ 25th. It will be held in the America the Beautiful Park on July 18 and 19.

Proceeds from the festival will be donated to local LGBT nonprofits. The Colorado Springs Pride Festival has grown significantly each year under the guidance of the Colorado Springs Pride Center. Last year’s attendance was more than 50,000.

By forming Colorado Springs Pride Fest, Inc., Grzecka and partners have as their goal to insure that the event will continue to grow and remain the event where all people can celebrate the diversity and contributions of the Colorado Springs LGBT community.

For more information or to volunteer for the Pride Fest, call Grzecka at 491-7567 or visit coloradospringspridefest.com.