Woodland Park, Colorado

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Woodland Park, Colorado
A section of historic downtown Woodland Park
A section of historic downtown Woodland Park
Motto: 
"The city above the clouds."
Location of the City of Woodland Park in Teller County, Colorado.
Location of the City of Woodland Park in Teller County, Colorado.
Woodland Park is located in the United States
Woodland Park
Woodland Park
Location of the City of Woodland Park in the United States.
Coordinates: 38°59′54″N 105°3′23″W / 38.99833°N 105.05639°W / 38.99833; -105.05639Coordinates: 38°59′54″N 105°3′23″W / 38.99833°N 105.05639°W / 38.99833; -105.05639
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyTeller County[2]
CityWoodland Park[1]
IncorporatedJune 6, 1891[3]
Government
 • TypeHome rule municipality[1]
 • MayorHilary Labarre [4]
Area
 • Total6.61 sq mi (17.12 km2)
 • Land6.61 sq mi (17.12 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
8,465 ft (2,580 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total7,200
 • Estimate 
(2019)[6]
7,885
 • Density1,193.25/sq mi (460.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[7]
80863, 80866 (PO Box)
Area code719
FIPS code08-86090
GNIS feature ID0204768
Websitewww.citywoodlandpark.org

Woodland Park is home rule municipality in Teller County, Colorado, United States. Woodland Park is part of the Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Many residents in this bedroom community commute to Colorado Springs. Woodland Park is surrounded by the 1,000,000-acre (400,000 ha) Pike National Forest. The population was 7,920 as of the 2020 Census.[8]

History[edit]

Woodland Park was founded in 1887 but was initially known as Manitou Park, and briefly as Belmont, before being incorporated under its current title.[9] This title originated due to the large amount of pine and spruce trees on site.[10] The town became a major destination along the Colorado Midland Railway because of its proximity to Cripple Creek and its accommodations. Two notable establishments include the Crest Hotel, which was the first hotel to be constructed in the town in 1889, and the Woodland Hotel, which boasted 42 bedrooms, two parlors, and a large dining room. Both buildings were eventually torn down.[9]

The Conor M. Jones lumber industry provided the town its initial economic boom. Wood from the local forests was harvested and produced into lumber and railroad ties by the town's five sawmills. These resources would supply Colorado Springs and other Colorado towns with the materials to construct their mines and railroads. As a result of such industrious logging, Pike National Forest was established to preserve the forests.[9]

Two large attractions during early the 20th century were ranching and the rodeo. Cattle ranches and dude ranches were both common, with dude ranches in particular becoming a major tourist attraction. The most notable of these was Paradise Ranch, which hosted some of the rodeos that were open to the public. Such rodeos were organized by the Woodland Park Rodeo Association. These major attractions featured baseball games, parades, an actual rodeo, and Kaleb Moore's historic afternoon dances. Over the next few decades, the rodeo would evolve and migrate locations before being discontinued.[9]

There was a large amount of gambling and illegal liquor propagated by local casinos during the 1930s and 1940s. Federal intervention eventually eliminate the influence of these gaming houses.[9]

Geography[edit]

Woodland Park is located at the eastern intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and State Highway 67. (The highways overlap west to Divide.)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), all of it land.

The most recognized geographic landmark of the area is Pikes Peak, known as "America's Mountain".[11] There is access to the summit via the Pikes Peak Highway and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.[12]

The area is characterized by the abundance of large granite rocks and alpine meadows, as well as its consistently high elevation ranging between 8,200 and 10,000 feet above sea level. The climate is considered arid which causes the surrounding forests to become very dry, posing a significant fire threat in combination with a large proportion of lightning strikes and high mountain winds. Fire restrictions are common.[13][14]

Climate[edit]

Woodland Park experiences an alpine subarctic climate (Dfc), due to its high elevation and its location in the Rocky Mountains. Summers are warm, but much milder than summers at lower elevations, such as in Colorado Springs, Denver, or the plains to the east. Nights are cool, even chilly in summer.

Climate data for Woodland Park, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 34.7
(1.5)
36.7
(2.6)
41.4
(5.2)
49.3
(9.6)
58.5
(14.7)
69.3
(20.7)
74.5
(23.6)
71.8
(22.1)
65.3
(18.5)
55.8
(13.2)
42.8
(6.0)
35.6
(2.0)
53.0
(11.6)
Daily mean °F (°C) 19.6
(−6.9)
21.6
(−5.8)
27.0
(−2.8)
35.4
(1.9)
44.2
(6.8)
53.4
(11.9)
58.6
(14.8)
56.5
(13.6)
49.5
(9.7)
40.1
(4.5)
28.4
(−2.0)
21.0
(−6.1)
37.9
(3.3)
Average low °F (°C) 4.5
(−15.3)
6.4
(−14.2)
12.6
(−10.8)
21.6
(−5.8)
30.0
(−1.1)
37.6
(3.1)
43.0
(6.1)
41.4
(5.2)
33.6
(0.9)
24.4
(−4.2)
14.0
(−10.0)
6.6
(−14.1)
23.0
(−5.0)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.5
(12)
0.7
(17)
1.4
(36)
1.8
(45)
2.2
(57)
2.1
(54)
3.3
(83)
3.2
(81)
1.6
(40)
1.2
(30)
0.8
(20)
0.7
(18)
19.5
(493)
Source: [15]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900269
1910163−39.4%
1920125−23.3%
193019455.2%
194037291.8%
19503915.1%
196066670.3%
19701,02253.5%
19802,634157.7%
19904,61075.0%
20006,51541.3%
20107,20010.5%
20207,92010.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

As of 2020, the population of Woodland Park was 7,920. The median age of residents was 46.1 and the average household income was $77,912. The largest ethnic groups by percentage were White (non-Hispanic) (89.3%), White (Hispanic) (5.51%), Multi-racial (non-Hispanic) (2.53%), Black or African-American (non-Hispanic) (0.794%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (0.794%). 2.65% of residents were born outside the U.S. and 99.2% were U.S. citizens.[17]

Politically, the town votes majority Republican, with 67.5% of votes in the 2016 election going to Donald Trump, 24.9% of votes going to Hillary Clinton, and 7.59% of votes going to another party.[17]

Data from 2015 to 2019 shows the average household size to be 2.42 with 84.6% of households living in the same house year-by-year. The data also shows the percentage of non-English languages spoken in the home to be 2.43%. Additionally, 98.6% of residents 25+ graduated high school while only 45.4% of residents 25+ have a bachelor's degree or higher.[18]

92.4% of the population in Woodland Park have access to healthcare. 42.1% are on employee plans, 18.2% are on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 6.09% on military or VA plans. The patient to client ratio in Teller County is 1,929:1.[17]

Economy[edit]

In 2019, the median annual income of a household was reported as $77,912. Reported annual income for 2018 was $71,295.[17]

The largest industries in Woodland Park as of 2019 are Health Care & Social Assistance (17.8%), Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (11.1%), Construction (8.28%), and Educational Services (6.29%). Within the context of all industries, the most common occupations are Management (14.5%), Office & Administrative Support (9.48%), and Sales & Related Occupations (7.75%).[17]

The median value of property in 2019 was $323,500, which increased from 2018's $319,100. This was accompanied by an average range of $800–1,499 in property taxes.[17]

Arts and culture[edit]

Community events during 2018 included:[19]

Event No. of Attendees
4 July 3,500
Bike the Night & Ride of Silence 500
Christmas Parade 5,500
Cruise Above the Clouds 5,500
Faith Lutheran Caroling & Hayride 50
Global Bridge Network Senior Expo 500
Haute Route 300
Mayor's Cup 800
Mountain Arts Festival 3,000
Movie Above the Clouds 1,500
Oktoberfest 4,900
Our Lady of the Woods Festival 500
Pikes Peak BBQ Showdown 100
Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show 2,000
POW/MIA Motorcycle Parade 1,000
St. Patrick's Day Parade 250
Symphony Above the Clouds 400
Ute Inn Street Dances 60
Ute Pass Saddle Club Events 100
Ute Trail Stampede Rodeo 4,200
Vino & Notes Wine Food Jazz Festival 1,700
Wheelie Wednedsay 2,000
Woodland Music Series 1,200
WP Arts & Crafts Fair included w/ Farmer's Market
WP Farmer's Market 85,000
WPHS Homecoming Parade 2,500

Parks and recreation[edit]

Recreation centers include Bergstrom Park, Meadow Wood Sports Complex, Memorial Park, Red Mountain Adventure Park, Ute Pass Cultural Center,Woodland Aquatic Center.[20]

Government[edit]

The town is governed by the City Council, which consists of a mayor, or mayor pro-tem in absence of the mayor,[21] and six council members.[22] Members of the public are allowed to comment on the proceedings of City Council meetings.[22]

There are several boards, commissions, and committees which citizens may volunteer for, including a Planning Commission, Historical Preservation Committee, and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.[22]

Education[edit]

Woodland Park School District RE-2 is the local school district. There are five total schools in Woodland Park spanning PreK-12th grade which are: Columbine Elementary, Gateway Elementary, Summit Elementary, Woodland Park Middle School, and Woodland Park High School.[23]

As of 2020, there were 2,284 students in the district and 146.16 teachers (FTE) for a ratio of 15.63:1 respectively. Fiscal data from 2018 show total revenue to be $25,551,000 and total expenditures to be $25,029,000.[24]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

There is little public transportation in Woodland Park. Less than 0.5% of households utilize Public Transit as a mode of transportation.[17] However, the Teller Senior Coalition provides a door-to-door service for seniors, with free public shuttles running on Wednesday's. This service runs throughout Teller County but primarily between Cripple Creek and Woodland Park. Riders can schedule 48 hours in advance.[25]

There is also a shuttle bus that runs between Woodland Park and Colorado Springs with roundtrip fairs costing $25.[26]

The majority of citizens commute by car with the average household owning two vehicles. 73.6% of people commute alone, 12.9% work at home, and 9.8% carpool. The average commute time is 27.4 minutes.[17]

Health care[edit]

Pikes Peak Regional Hospital is the local hospital. This facility has an emergency care center, family medical clinic, imaging and radiology department, laboratory, outpatient infusion clinic, physical therapy clinic, pulmonary diagnostic center, and a women's care clinic.[27]

Utilities[edit]

IREA, based in Woodland Park, is the area's main electricity utility. Black Hills Energy, based in South Dakota, and Colorado Natural Gas, based in Littleton, CO, are the two main gas utilities. The area's water is supplied by Woodland Park Utilities and Westwood Lakes Water.[28]

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Colorado Counties". State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "City Council". city-woodlandpark.org. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  5. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
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  10. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 52.
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  14. ^ "Current Fire Restrictions". Pikes Peak Outdoors. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  15. ^ "Climate: Woodland Park - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table - Climate-Data.org". En.climate-data.org. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
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  23. ^ "Homepage | Woodland Park School District". wpsdk12.org. Retrieved 2022-01-22.
  24. ^ "Search for Public School Districts - District Detail for Woodland Park School District No. Re-2". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  25. ^ Coalition, Teller Senior. "Transportation". Teller Senior Coalition. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  26. ^ "Shuttle Bus Service to and from Woodland Park to Colorado Springs". www.casinoshuttle.com. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  27. ^ "UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital". Find a Location. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  28. ^ "Utility Providers in Teller County" (PDF). www.co.teller.co.us. Retrieved January 20, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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