At Colorado Springs Forward, we consider it part of our mission to showcase the positive things happening in our community. It just so happens that some of the most exciting news for our city just happened last week.
Yes, we are talking about the U.S. Olympic Museum’s historic groundbreaking, which received widespread local, regional and national media coverage.
This isn’t your ordinary everyday project—although all of the new construction downtown and across the city is thrilling, as it is evidence of a city on the tipping point of growth and positive momentum after recovering from a rough economic patch.
Part of City for Champions, the U.S. Olympic Museum will be an iconic, if not breathtaking, structure on the south end of downtown, connected to America the Beautiful Park via a pedestrian bridge.
The USOM is expected to attract substantial additional tourists to our region, which sees about 6 million visitors each year. The tourism industry is the community’s third-largest employer; and visitors spent nearly $2 billion in the Pikes Peak region in 2015.
The 60,000-square-foot building, on 1.7 acres at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street, will have 20,000 square feet of highly interactive exhibit space, as well as a state-of-the-art theater, gift shop, café and broadcast studio.
We are thrilled to see this incredible project move forward as the economic impact and increase in prosperity and prestige for our city will be substantial.
We look forward to seeing you at the ribbon cutting in 2019.
Go Team USA, and go Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA!