About Friends of Ute Valley Park

Friends of Ute Valley Park (FUVP) is an officially recognized “Friends” organization by the city of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department. Our mission is to maintain, preserve, and provide education for Ute Valley Park (UVP).

Click here to view the Ute Valley Park Master Plan developed by the City of Colorado Springs.

In 2012, The City Parks Department learned that the Hewlett-Packard Company was willing to sell 205 acres of its property in Rockrimmon adjacent to the existing 345 acre UVP. The City of Colorado Springs was hoping to purchase the additional 205 acres through the Trails, Open Spaces, and Parks fund (TOPS). Having a “Friends” group in place would be a way in which the community could be seen as having a stake in the purchase process. Thus, FUVP was organized in 2012 with its first meeting of the board taking place in early 2013. With the cooperation of FUVP, the Trust for Public Land, and TOPS the City was able to purchase the property in 2014-15. FUVP raised $110,000 in 3-1/2 months toward the purchase.

In March 2015 the City adopted a Master & Management Plan for UVP. The Plan represents a cooperative agreement between the community and the City. This community-created plan guides our efforts in UVP. For several years now, we have conducted trail maintenance twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays. Besides scheduled maintenance, we have conducted special maintenance and cleanup projects. We continue to look for innovative ways in which we can serve UVP.

Since our formation, support for our efforts in maintaining the entire 550 acres of park land, has been both passionate and overwhelming. This passion and support is because people love the beauty and serenity that UVP provides as well as the many recreational opportunities such as walking, hiking, running and biking.

Over the years, FUVP has won numerous awards and recognition for our efforts to fulfill our mission.

FUVP is currently a committee fiscally sponsored by the Trails and Open Spaces Coalition (TOSC). Not only does this arrangement help keep our costs for operation down, but it also allows us to operate under TOSC’s 501(C)(3) non-profit status.

We are a local community organization who are volunteering our time to be good stewards of the land for the benefit of the entire community and the entire Pikes Peak region.

We need your support as we work to take care of our park. Help us now by donating. See the Volunteer page for upcoming fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.

The People

Meet the team of people who help make Ute Valley Park great.

  • Photo of Dan Woods

    Dan Woods

    Chair

  • Photo of Christine Thomas

    Christine Thomas

    Vice-Chair

  • Kris Kaltenbacher

    Secretary

  • Dave Ward

    Treasurer

  • Photo of Phill Emmert

    Phill Emmert

    Communications

  • Photo of Nick Cirincione

    Nick Cirincione

    Committee Member

  • Photo of Frank Self

    Frank Self

    Committee Member

  • Morgan Vlasse

    Committee Member

Leave No Trace Ute Valley Park proudly supports The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.

Please read and always obey the rules of Ute Valley Park.

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