El Paso County Parks has changed the date of Bear Creek Dog Park’s annual April Stools Day to Saturday, April 8, due to the two winter storms coming into the area this week.
El Paso County Parks will host the annual April Stools Day on Saturday, April 1, (NOW APRIL 8) to cleanup Bear Creek Dog Park.
April Stools Day offers park users and volunteers an opportunity give back by picking up dog waste in Bear Creek Dog Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Pet waste that remains on trails is swept up in rainfall and snowmelt and if left untreated, it can contribute to the contamination of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. Bear Creek is especially vulnerable to non-point source pollution because of the increased use of the park by patrons playing with their pets. Plastic gloves, bags and buckets will be provided.
At 10 a.m., there will be a dedication for a memorial pavilion.
The Bear Creek Dog Park was established in 1997 at the request of citizens who wanted a safe place to let their dogs off-leash. It is now the most heavily used facility in the County’s park system with 90,000 visitors bringing their dogs to the park every year.
Bear Creek Dog Park is a 25-acre fenced area located in Bear Creek Regional Park at 21st Street and Rio Grande Street. The off-leash dog park also has a two-acre small and senior dog area and an agility training area. Other amenities include dog drinking fountains, dog wash facility, temporarily holding kennels and restrooms for humans.
For more information on April Stools Day and Bear Creek Dog Park, please contact El Paso County Parks at 520-7529. The event is sponsored by The Friends for Bear Creek Dog Park, Fountain Creek Watershed District, Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, Heuberger Subaru and El Paso County Parks.
El Paso County Parks oversees 8,000 acres of park land and open space, 2,400 acres of conservation easements, 105 miles of trails, two nature centers, the El Paso County Fairgrounds and Event Complex and more than 1,000 recreation and environmental education programs.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239