Memorial Park

Colorado Springs

Set just off downtown, with Prospect Lake surrounded by wide green lawns and ball fields, and Pikes Peak and the rest of the southern front range looming to the west, this is the city's biggest public park and the site of the Labor Day Lift Off, one of America's biggest and best hot-air-balloon festivals.

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