Solitude Park Wildland Fire Mitigation
The Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan with the Colorado Springs Fire Department for Solitude Park consists of two parts. First, the 100 acres of the 300 acre park that have had dead scrub oak and other fuels removed will be retreated to limit regrowth. This part of the program is always ongoing and is subject to need and the availability of the CSFD crew. A six wheel ATV towing a pull behind mower is used frequently to accomplish this part of the plan.
Preliminary mitigation work has started on remaining areas of Solitude Park that are more difficult to reach. We will be working with CSFD to reduce the fuel load in the remaining parcels. Muscle, chain saws and a chipper will be used to accomplish this project.
The CSFD FEMA funded Wildland Fire Mitigation effort in Solitude Park started in October 2008. The objectives of the program are to reduce fuels, protect property from wildland fires and create a healthier forest. Below is a photograph of a hillside in Solitude Park after the fire mitigation work has been completed.
Solitude Park was formed in 2002 when the 300 acres comprising the park were replatted from a development plan to open space and the acreage became the sole asset of Solitude Park Corporation which is owned by CHCA. A Deed of Conservation was signed with Palmer Land Trust in 2003 protecting the property from economic development in perpetuity.