Warmer weather helps boost local businesses, projects


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — When the mercury goes up, so does business for one of the city’s biggest industries.

“Tourism is the third largest industry in Colorado Springs,”  Amy Long, Chief Innovation Officer of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau said. “So, we depend on it very heavily and anything that extends the season is wonderful.”

The tourism season generally extends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Unseasonably warm weather this late into the year has definitely extended that.

“Year-to-date, the lodging tax is ahead by 15.8 percent,” Young said.

It seems the only tourism attraction not open right now is the Manitou Incline.

Crews from Timberline Landscaping are assisting in erosion and long term sustainability renovation of the attraction.  They say their business is booming because of the weather too.

“We’re having a great year at Timberline,” Stephanie Early, Timberline Executive Assistant said.  “We have a lot of large commercial projects.and we’re blessed to able to continue on and wrap some of these projects up.?

Timberline Landscaping crews were putting in shrubs Monday at the Great Wolf Lodge. They usually don’t plant this late into the year but are able to take advantage of the conditions.

“Typically we stop planting by the end of October, but we plan on continuing planting into November,” Early said.  She added, the warm weather may lead to residents forgetting about their irrigation before it’s too late.  Timberline offers tips on draining your residential area on their website http://bit.ly/2e8liYf .

City road crews have also had a chance to finish projects they might not have been able to complete on a typical year. Even projects like the 2-C work that got started two months later than anticipated.

Streets Division manager Corey Farkas said the weather has helped his division get caught up.  “We had always planned on going to the end of October, especially after getting started on two-C projects in June instead of April as planned. We never know what Mother Nature’s going to do – it could be a blizzard by now, but she allowed us to come in and complete our projects.”

That is always reason to celebrate, and this year, you can still do that outside.

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