February 17, 2017

Safer, cleaner waterways & parks

What You Can Do

  • Contact information: when you have concerns about homeless camps (non-emergency) you can call HOT at 444-7666 to report illegal encampments and discarded debris. Please leave specific location information so problem areas can be identified. From your smart phone, you can send email to cspdhot@ci.colospgs.co.us.
  • Call 444-7000 for non-emergency concerns: suspicious persons or cars or activity going on. Be patient, CSPD prioritizes calls and will followup.  The police are here to help the community–call as often as you see activity with as much information as possible so the police will see the pattern. Use your phone to take photos. Download the Colorado Springs app:  https:dos//coloraprings.gov/gocosprings to report problems.
  • Click on “Notes – Homeless Issues” to read the minutes of the neighborhood meeting of neighbors and City personnel:  Notes – Homeless Issues 2-15-17
  • Our neighborhood association cleans the creek twice a year, removing between 5 and 15 cubic yards of trash each time. You can help by participating in our Spring cleanup on April 22!

Services for the Homeless
Springs Rescue Mission has opened a large shelter facility for homeless people to be open 24-7, 365 days a year. Social services will also be available on-site. It’s unlikely that this facility and other smaller facilities will be full which means that CSPD will be able to enforce the no camping in parks law. When you donate to charities, ask them what their position is on providing affordable housing.
Cleaning Up the Parks
The HOT team works with the city’s Code Enforcement’s Quality of Life team members and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful to remove trash and abandoned camps. They have already removed tons of debris. It takes time to clean up all the abandoned camps. You can help by reporting locations of camps or debris.
The city’s Water Resources (Stormwater) staffing has increased. They have removed vegetation along the Greenway Trail (Monument Creek and Fountain Creek). They will need more funds for clearing vegetation along the Midland Trail (westside) and Shooks Run Trail in 2017.