What To Do In Briargate, CO
One of the fastest growing areas in Colorado Springs, Briargate spans over 10,0000acres. Since its inception in 1978, Briargate has become one of the most desirable residential communities in the area. Located in the northern part of Colorado Springs, in El Paso County, Briargate has a population of 39,812 and seamlessly fuses a small-town feel with modern-day suburban comforts. Briargate is just 14 miles from downtown Colorado Springs.
Over twenty years ago, the land owners envisioned a community nestled among the Rocky Mountains, where quality of life was the first priority. They began to plan for a safe, family-oriented community, within a short walk or drive to recreational opportunities, retail, family entertainment, medical offices and top quality schools.
By 1995, a master planning developer, known as La Plata Communities,took over planning for both Briargate and Pine Creek. In order to emphasize the natural mountain feel of Northeast Colorado Springs, La Plata Communities implemented strict and uniform design guidelines. The result was a community consisting of design guidelines that were established to highlight both the prairie and the mountain feel of northeast Colorado Springs, and has resulted in a community with largely Spanish Eclectic, European Cottage and Craftsman architecture. Additional height restrictions were enforced to preserve the mountain views.
Today Briargate is made up of residential communities including Cordera and North Fork at Briargate. In addition to the residential communities, La Plata Communities also developed the Briargate Business Campus and the Briargate Crossing Commercial areas.
Resting in an area between the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains, under the shadow of Pikes Peak, and just south of Black Forest, Briargate provides ample views of forest to the north, mountain to the west and open Colorado plains to the east. Even with these natural amenities, suburban parks can still be found throughout the vast neighborhood. For the scenic nature lover or the athletic outdoor enthusiast, Briargate never fails to impress.
Some of our Favorite Activities
Some of our favorite ways to explore Briargate are listed in our mini guide below.
Food and Drink
In the beautiful community of Briargate, Colorado you’ll find charm and tranquility which also extends to dining options. Known for friendly, family-owned and operated restaurants, Briargate is all about making visitors feel like family. While you can choose a chain establishment or a fast food drive-through, we highly recommend taking in one of these amazing local restaurants while you are in town. Not only will you get to know the people of Briargate, you are guaranteed a satisfying, fresh, flavorful meal.
Arabian Nights Café
Locally owned by Kareem Alshami and his wife Simood Gorguis, Arabian Nights is a hidden gem in Cimarron Hills. After fleeing Baghdad in 2005, the family spent seven years in Syria and two years in Turkey before gaining sponsorship in the area. The food here is made with love and clearly borrows from each country in which they have lived and traveled. The menu also has several plant based options. Everything is made fresh on-site. If you are looking for exceptional Middle Eastern food and a great cup of cardamom tea or Turkish coffee, be sure to stop in to Arabian Nights.
Find them at: 8029 North Academy Boulevard, Briargate, Colorado.
Give them a call at: 719-219-8140
MSG free, Thai Mint is rich with enticing aromas, vibrant food presentation and a range of tastes due to an eclectic array of spices and herbs. The Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Tom Yum Gai soup and the Panang Curry are all standouts, but make sure you leave room for desert; the sticky rice with sweet mango is too good to pass up. The ambiance is rather vanilla but the food is worth the visit.
Visit them at: 1725 Briargate Boulevard, Briargate, CO 80920
Give them a call at: 719-598-7843
Bird Dog BBQ
When you walk into Bird Dog BBQ, you’ll find picnic tables covered with checkerboard tablecloths; the perfect setting for eating BBQ. Bird Dog BBQ features Oklahoma style BBQ, with oak smoked meats allowing for mild flavor and thorough cooking, preserving the taste of the meat. Their sauces are all gluten free, and made fresh in-house daily. Most important, the sauces always come on the side. Bird Dog BBQ has been voted the best BBQ in the state of Colorado since 2007, so if you’re a BBQ lover, this spot is not to be missed.
Grab a picnic table at: Promenade Shops at Briargate 1645 Briargate Parkkway, suite 243, Briargate, CO 80920
Give them a call at: 719-573-7671
Briargate offers several great parks, perfect for a family outing or a lazy afternoon—from picnic shelters to dog parks athletic courts to BMX trails, there is something for everyone at these Briargate parks. New to Briargate in 2017 will be the addition of John Venezia Park, the first new park to be built in the area in 25 years. With the addition of this new park, the community of Briargate will soon provide fields for every sport and playgrounds for every child.
Rampart Dog Park
Great views abound at Rampart Dog Park. The area is large enough to give your dog a great work out but small enough that you can still keep an eye on her. At Rampart Dog Park you will find friendly, welcoming dog parents who understand that dogs will be dogs. There is a mini agility course and an abundance of water bowls that park patrons keep filled. The area is fenced in with two separate entrances. This is an all dirt field, however, so be prepared to give your pup a quick wipe down after a day of play.
Dogs will be dogs at Rampart Dog Park
Rampart Dog Park is located at: 8270 Lexington Drive, Briargate, CO 80920
Ford Frick Park
Ford Frick Park is a nice clean park with a playground for little ones and two larger grassy fields. There is also a baseball diamond on site, and rumor has it that people are known to bring their couches out to watch a game so be prepared for some surprises. There are also plenty of picnic tables and shade trees. Ford Frick Park is Fido friendly, although there is not an off-leash area.
Tip: the parking lot is only from Union Boulevard, heading north.
Ford Frick Park is located at: 8025 North Union Boulevard, Briargate, CO 80920
Give them a call at: (719) 385-5940
John Venezia Community Park
A new addition to the Briargate community, John Venezia Park, is long-awaited and slated to open June 17, 2017. A labor of love by the city, the park will have a ranch theme and is being designed to resemble a traditional homestead. Park elements will include a large picnic area and pavilion complete with orchards called The Homestead; a sprayground called The Watering Hole; a small playground; and in-line hockey rink; a basketball court; six tennis courts; four pickleball courts; and a plaza in an area called The Range. The park will also include a playground that will be universally accessible with shared areas, and gravel walking loops along with multiple shade shelters called The Pastures. In addition, the park will also include two acres of bluegrass and two miles of interior walking trails, known as Briargate Trail. The park will be surrounded by 80 acres of protected open space.
Discover the heart of the community at: 3555 Briargate Parkway, Briargate, CO 80920
Call for more information: (719) 385-5940