The Parks and Open Space Department provides comprehensive planning services for parks, trails, open space and recreation facilities that directly benefit the citizens of Monument by enhancing quality of life, promoting a healthy community, supporting the local economy and protecting and enhancing the environment.
The Parks and Open Space Division provides recreational and educational opportunities by designing, renovating, constructing, and maintaining new parks, park facilities and trails for the citizens and visitors of Monument.
The Parks and Open Space Division has many responsibilities including:
Conduct comprehensive park and recreation facility planning.
Maintain, renovate and construct:
Manage, maintain and protect the natural resources within the parks and open space properties.
Adopted in 2003, the Parks Plan identifies existing conditions and future community expansion as well as documents the direction viewed necessary to achieve the Parks, Trails, and Open Space goals of the community.
Most of November and December is dedicated to decorating the Town for Christmas. With the official Tree Lighting event held in Limbach Park on the first Saturday in December.
3rd Street Trailhead
3rd Street Trailhead for Santa Fe Trail
Parks staff built stone walls around parking and landscape areas, installed an irrigation system and extended the trail to picnic tables.
Waterwise Demonstration Garden
Adams and 2nd Street
This garden is being built with the intent to educate and demonstrate water saving landscaping principles. It will connect to the Santa Fe trial on the northeastern side and will feature labeled plants and educational signage. This space is being completed in phases, with phase one already completed.
3rd Street, north of Santa Fe Trailhead
After receiving a grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition and a donation from the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, the Parks Department began developing the space north of 3rd street along the Santa Fe Trail into an orchard space. This area is still under development, with the landscaping along the frontage and official naming and signage being the most recent additions.
Town Hall, Water Department, Downtown Monument, Cemetery
In recent years, the Parks Department has worked to update or create new flower beds and landscaped spaces. Efforts include new concrete planters along 2nd street, renovated beds at the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Monument Sanitation District office. New landscaping at the Water Department building and Town Hall, and audits of aging irrigation systems in these landscapes.