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Effective immediately, Prospect Lake closed until further notice due to presumed return of blue-green algae

Park Amenities:

  • Mark "Pa" Sertich Ice Center: public ice skating, lessons.
  • Velodrome: bicycle racing track, roller skate racing track.
  • Sports Center: Parks and Recreation's Sports Division Administrative Office; three baseball/softball fields, 15 football/soccer fields, 12 tennis courts with Tennis Center.
  • YMCA operates the Memorial Park Recreation Center (indoor pool), fitness room, social/play room; swimming lessons.

View Memorial Park Improvement Project

Other Facilities:

  • Large-group picnic area (by reservation) 
  • Bicycle criterium
  • Horseshoe courts
  • Multi-play court
  • Three playgrounds (including Phil Long/Denver Broncos Community Playground with ADA accessibility) 
  • Restrooms
  • Public telephones
  • Vending machines
  • Concessions
  • Prospect Lake Fitness Trail: 1.25 miles
  • Criterium Trail: .6 miles
  • Perimeter jogging trail: 2.2 miles

Maps:

Location:

Memorial, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (E. Pikes Peak and Hancock Aves.). 

Prospect Lake

Prospect Lake is closed until further notice due to the return of blue-green algae.

During the closure, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, bathing, paddle boarding, tubing, water skiing and non-motorized boating of any kind. No pets are allowed. The use of permitted motorized boats is encouraged as this activity can help aerate the water. Fishing areas will remain open, though anglers are urged to clean fish well and remove guts.

The lake is being treated with an enzyme-based, non-pesticide treatment that consumes the biomass at the bottom of the lake and helps oxygenate the water. Blue-green algae caused a 12-week closure of Prospect Lake in 2019.

DATE TESTED DATE RESULTS RECEIVED MICROCYSTIN LEVEL TESTING AGENCY
6/16/20 6/22/20 22.0 ug/L Colorado Springs Utilities
6/23/20 6/30/2020 14.0 ug/L Colorado Springs Utilities
6/30/20 7/2/20 7.9 ug/L Colorado Springs Utilities

Blue-Green Algae Background

What is harmful algae? 

Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria common in lakes throughout Colorado. When conditions are right, blue-green algae multiplies quickly. Those conditions include sustained hot weather, stagnant water, and polluted stormwater runoff.

These conditions result in too much nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus in the water. This causes the harmful bacteria to grow faster than the ecosystem can handle. The increased bacteria harm water quality, decrease the amount of oxygen available to animals living in the water, and can produce a toxin that is harmful to humans and pets. 

Blue-green algae are self-limiting, naturally-occurring bacteria, which means it eventually phases itself out of bodies of water.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) offers additional information about blue-green algae on its website.