Do you see the ghosts of the wild west when you walk our streets? Have you enjoyed events, concerts and artwalks here? Help us preserve this storied district by making a donation today.
Update: A recent fire engulfed the Bancroft Park bandshell bringing urgency to our fundraising goals. The cause is not certain though it appears a homeless person may have been camping on the stage while attempting to keep warm resulting in the fire. This stage is used for many of our area events including Territory Days, the Taste of OCC, the Mad Hatter, the Giant Pumpkin Festival and many more. We are sad to say the Blues in the Park had to relocate for this summer due to the fire. We hope to have the bandshell in working order by next summer. The improvements have just begun which are funded in part by the City of Colorado Springs though we still have a long way to go. With the help of the Old Westside Alliance and the Organization of the Westside neighbors the fundraising continues. $600+ dollars was recently raised through their annual picnic through the support of the community and local businesses that love Old Colorado City as much as we do.
Bancroft Park Improvements
Bancroft Park has been a park since the early 20th century when the old Bancroft School was torn down. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built the band shell in 1935 and this historic square has been the site of many a concert, event and open-air market since then.
Bancroft Park is the center of Old Colorado City’s social life, and maintaining it as such sets this historic district apart from other retail areas. We want visitors to enjoy it as a place to rest, people-watch and take part in events.
Renovating and Upgrading Our Historic Park
We have been planning renovations for the park, but a recent event added urgency to the process. The band shell fire on January 27, 2017 was big news in Colorado Springs. The damage was significant, but the good news is that we can repair and renovate the structure to make it even better than it was before.
The Old Colorado City Foundation has a plan to improve the park and renovate the historic band shell. This $650,000 renovation to Bancroft Park will upgrade the band shell and add ADA-compliant public restrooms and more attractive landscaping.
Be a Part of Our Growth
Colorado Springs City Council has appropriated funds that, when combined with a contribution from the Conservation Trust Fund, insurance money and private donations, will bring about the biggest renovation in Bancroft Park in nearly 70 years.
You can help us bring the band shell back, along with clean and safe ADA-compliant public restrooms, landscaping and even a fountain.
Add public restrooms to the back of the existing band shell
Repair and upgrade band shell
Add concrete and a fountain in front of band shell
Add attractive short walls and landscaping, including a patio area
Reconfigure pavilion roof
Build concrete area on 24th St. side of park
The above estimates are based on today’s costs as well as the donation of much manpower, design, and management. The City of Colorado Springs will be the ultimate approving authority.