Colorado Springs: City to observe Juneteenth Wednesday

~ Colorado Springs, CO - As the nation prepares to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, the City of Colorado Springs has announced that several administrative and elected offices and agencies will be closed on Wednesday, June 19.

According to a press release from the city, the following facilities will be closed in observance of Juneteenth: Administrative offices for Mountain Metropolitan Transit, City Administration Building, City Auditorium, City Clerk, City Hall, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Deerfield, Hillside, Meadows Park and Westside Community Centers, Municipal Court, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Administrative Building, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, Sales Tax Office, Sports Office at Memorial Park and Therapeutic Recreation Program at Westside Community Center.

However, some facilities will remain open for normal business hours unless otherwise noted. Evergreen and Fairview cemeteries will have their gates open for visitors but their offices will be closed. Garden of the Gods Park will also remain open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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For those looking to hit the links on Juneteenth, Patty Jewett and Valley Hi golf courses will be open weather permitting. The courses will have an early start time of 6:30 a.m., with the last tee time being approximately four hours before sunset for 18-holes and two and a half hours before sunset for nine-holes.

Indoor dining options at Patty Jewett Bar & Grill and Valley Hi Grill and Pub will also be available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., respectively.

For those seeking adventure on Pikes Peak - America's Mountain - gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and the summit will close at 7 p.m. The downhill gate will close at 8 p.m. The Pikes Peak Shuttles will begin operating at 9:30 a.m., with tickets required for entry. The price of the ticket includes a One-Day Admission Pass.

However, visitors traveling past Mile 7 on the Pikes Peak Highway will need to purchase a $2 Timed-Entry Permit in addition to a One-Day Admission Pass. Additionally, those heading to the North Slope Recreation Area must also purchase a Daily $1 Parking Permit in addition to an NSRA One-Day Admission Pass.

For those looking for a more low-key experience, the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As the city honors Juneteenth, residents are encouraged to take advantage of these facilities and enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.

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