East Colorado Springs is a pleasant, established, sleepy area, but if you look harder, there are some great things to do here. This area is located just north of downtown Colorado Springs and just south of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The homes for sale in this area are older homes in an established area offering many people great value. As with many other areas of Colorado Springs, views of Pikes Peak can be seen throughout the area. Here are our East Colorado Springs favorites:
Palmer Park is a 700-acre park located at Maizeland and Academy. This park was donated to the City of Colorado Springs in 1899 by General Palmer and is smack dab in the middle of the city. With over 25 miles of hiking trails and amenities like soccer fields, baseball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and even a horse stable, this park becomes a busy hub of activity on weekends. Drive up to the overlook in Palmer Park for a great view of Pikes Peak and the city below.
Pig Latin started as a food truck and based on its wild popularity, has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant off of Dublin. Always loud and busy, this restaurant has an urban feel with some really unique food combinations. Best described as Latin-Asian fusion, you will find some memorable menu items and some phenomenal drinks to wash them down. Fridays and Saturdays can be quite busy but swing by this great restaurant after an afternoon hike in Palmer Park.
Lost Friend Brewery is located in what was once a very empty, sleepy strip mall. They and some other businesses have revived the strip mall into becoming a cool, hip place to hang out with a great view of Pikes Peak. Lost Friend Brewery is dog and animal friendly and serves up some great and unusual beers in a casual atmosphere. Dogs are a staple here and the owners regularly support animal rescue and adoption efforts. Call your friends, put Fido in your car, and head on over for a very enjoyable afternoon.
Peak Place Coffee joins Lost Friend Brewery in revitalizing a sleepy strip mall on Academy. This is a great place to meet friends and has coffee or if in the mood, beer and wine. Peak Place roasts its own coffee and even has some nice food options as well. Comfortable, casual, and a nice place to hang out to simply talk, Peak Place Coffee fills an empty niche on Academy Blvd.
Ruth Holley Library Branch is located on Murray Blvd and is one of the cornerstone branches of the Pikes Peak Library District. This branch was named after Ruth Holley who was a librarian at the branch for many years in the 80s. Ruth was very passionate about reading and books and has passed on a great legacy for this area. This branch offers some great programs including children’s programs, crafting activities, and offers technical support and computers for those that need them. ESL and tutoring also exist at this library branch.
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