Bristlecone Lake is owned and maintained by the Forest Lakes Metropolitan District (FLMD). Pinon Lake is owned by the City of Colorado Springs and FLMD and maintained by FLMD.
Rules and Regulations may be amended at any time by the District with or without notice.
Non-active lake and no recreational activities such as fishing, watercraft, swimming, wading or access of any kind on Pinon Lake are allowed.
Private active lake that allows recreational activities available to HOA Permit Holders. No bodily contact with water is permitted (Human or Pets). Use of lake & amenities are at your own risk. There are no lifeguards or emergency services present. All Residents of Forest Lakes and their guests are requested to be good stewards of the Lakes so that the community does not lose the opportunity to enjoy the recreational use of the Lake. Read more...Click here to download the Rules and Regulations E-Brochure.
PINON PINES METROPOLITAN DISTRICT RESIDENTS
In 2003, when the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners approved the restructuring of Forest Lakes Metropolitan District (FLMD) into an operating district (FLMD) and three taxing districts (Pinon Pines Metropolitan Districts 1, 2 and 3), it provided for the creation of a Citizens Advisory Council for residents within the FLMD service area. The creation of the Advisory Council is to occur when there are at least 50 dwelling units constructed within the Pinon Pines areas. Since we are now approaching that threshold, we will be trying to determine if there are five Pinon Pines residents who would be interested in serving on this Advisory Council. FLMD will support the Advisory Council in arranging for Council meetings at times and locations convenient to the Council Members and other Pinon Pines residents. The Council will serve as a forum for Pinon Pines residents to learn about District issues and to advise FLMD on resident issues.
If you would be interested on serving on this Advisory Council, please contact your HOA Administrator – Steve Emery of Hammersmith Management at 719-389-0700.
2017 Lakeside Summer Concerts
Forest Lakes is the place to be on the 2nd and 4th Friday, from 6pm-8pm, in June and July for lakeside concerts featuring Bluegrass, Pop, Folk, Rock, Country and more! All concerts are FREE and take place at the Amphitheater at Waterfront Park from 6pm-8pm. Picnic suppers and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food trucks will also be onsite!
For An Added Treat...
Stop by Classic Homes’ model in Forest Lakes, on your way to the concert (anytime between 5pm-6pm), for pre-concert refreshments and summertime concert goodies!
Friday, June 9th
Bluegrass, Pop, Americana, Folk
Friday, June 23rd
Pop, Rock, Country, Variety
Friday, July 14th
R&B Classics, Soul, Pop
Friday, July 28th
*Amphitheater seating is limited so arrive early. Rain may postpone or cancel concerts. No pets please.
Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck? Not us!
We are pleased to share that Classic Homes is releasing homesites and pricing in Pinons at Forest Lakes (filing 2) today! Following a successful community unveiling in the fall of 2015 and a robust year of home sales in 2016 in Bristlecone (Filing 3) and the Estates (Filing 1), prospective homeowners have been awaiting this release. Overlooking Pinon Lake as you enter the community of Forest Lakes, you'll find Pinons' homesites. Classic is now set to begin construction on 160 new homes that will be built on 50-foot wide homesites. New home pricing in Pinons ranges from the $330s to the $410s, making Forest Lakes very affordable for the region, especially when compared to homes you'll find anywhere in Castle Rock or Denver. You can expect to see many of Classic Homes' most popular ranch and 2-story floorplans, along with an exciting line-up of new floorplans designed specifically to fit the homesites in in Pinons at Forest Lakes. To learn more about the Pinons, please visit the Classic Homes sales office in person at 2919 Waterfront Dr., Monument, CO. The model is located right across the street from Bristlecone Lake, so you can't miss it! If you'd like to browse through the floorplans and Forest Lakes offerings online, click here to go to Classic Homes at Forest Lakes website. Or, if you're pressed for time and would like to schedule an appointment at a time most convenient for your schedule, please contact Classic Homes at 719-785-3302 or by email. To follow the progress of homesite sales, please view our interactive map.
Posted by Kim S. on 01/13/2017
To add to the successful groundbreaking & community unveiling and the record sales Forest Lakes experienced in its first two filings known as the Estates (Filing 1) and Bristlecone (Filing 3). The community will soon be home to a brand new filing. Overlooking Pinon Lake as you enter the community of Forest Lakes, you'll find the future residential site of the Pinons. This neighborhood features the third release of homes in the Forest Lakes master planned community, offering up to 160 new construction homes to be built on 50-foot wide homesites. All homes in the Pinons will be crafted exclusively by Classic Homes and it is anticipated that sales will begin in January 2017. Homes will be released to parties who have joined the interest list prior to the public announcement. There's still time to join the list! All you need to do is click here and complete the form. Your name will be added to the interested party list, where you will be among the first to lean about the planned release, available floorplans, and new home pricing in Pinons at Forest Lakes in Monument, CO.
Posted by Kim S. on 12/15/2016
As we continue to develop Forest Lakes, we will share answers to frequently asked questions. Another great resource is the Forest Lakes Metro District (FLMD) website, where homeowners can learn more about the district. Visit www.foreslakesmetrodistrict.com for more information.
FLMD is responsible for water and wastewater services, drainage, parks and trails, landscaping and street light services for the three Pinon Pines Metropolitan Districts.
How safe is the Dam?
Both the Bristlecone and Pinon Dams were constructed in 1986 and are continually monitored by our District Engineer and Caretaker and are subject to rigorous inspections by the State Dam Inspector every three years. The State Dam Inspector provides detailed directions on the specific maintenance activities to be accomplished and our District Engineer oversees the resulting work.
Can we have water activities on Pinon?
As noted above, we have been evaluating how water levels in Pinon Reservoir will be managed and what types of activities will be permitted on the Reservoir. The Board has decided that Pinon will be a NON-ACTIVE lake and NO recreational activities such as fishing, watercraft, swimming, wading or access of ANY KIND on Pinon Lake will be allowed.
Do the lakes ever dry up?
While both Bristlecone and Pinon Reservoirs do shrink during dry periods, we have never seen the level in Bristlecone Reservoir fall more than 10 feet or so. Because Pinon is so much smaller – and fed by releases from Bristlecone Reservoir – in very dry periods it has virtually dried up. The Water Shortage Provisions that are included in FLMD Utility Rules and Regulations are designed to prevent significant declines in the level of Bristlecone Reservoir as this is the primary drinking water source for Forest Lakes once the surface water treatment plant is completed.
How is Pinon lake fed?
Pinon reservoir is fed almost exclusively from Bristlecone Reservoir. When Bristlecone is full and spilling, the spill water can be directed by pipe into Pinon Reservoir. When Bristlecone is relatively full but not spilling, lake water can be delivered by pipe to Pinon Reservoir. If the lake level of Bristlecone drops significantly, pumping would be required to get lake water into the pipeline to Pinon Reservoir. Thus, typically during low flow, low lake level periods, the level of water in Pinon Reservoir materially declines.
How is the water quality?
Currently, the water quality from both our Dillon Well and for Bristlecone Reservoir is tested quarterly. The water in both sources meets all water quality standards of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. We also routinely test the “treated water” quality after the water has been through our well-head treatment plant. Again, that water quality meets all State requirements.
How often is it checked for quality?
As noted, raw water from both the Dillon Well and Bristlecone Reservoir are currently being tested quarterly. Treated water from our well-head treatment plant is tested monthly. We are currently preparing the necessary documents to be classified as a “community” water system. Once that classification occurs, we will follow all testing and reporting timeframes as dictated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”).
What are the rates for the various services?
The rates, fees and charges schedule for FLMD are included on this website under the Utilities tab.
What does Donala do?
Donala Water & Sanitation District is under contract with FLMD to run both the water and wastewater systems that serve the Forest Lakes development. Donala has years of experience operating its water and wastewater systems, which serve the Gleneagle area. Its operators are licensed operators fully qualified and certified by the State. Donala also provides all meter reading and billing services for FLMD and all its customers within the Forest Lakes area.
What does Forest Lakes Metropolitan District do?
Forest Lakes Metropolitan District (“FLMD”) is the operating District for the three Pinon Pines Metropolitan Districts (referred to as “PPMD #1”, “PPMD #2” and “PPMD #3”, collectively the “Pinon Districts”). We provide water, sewer and landscaping services for the Pinon Districts. We maintain Waterfront Park and the trails within the Forest Lakes area. We also maintain the stormwater discharge facilities within the Pinon Districts. FLMD has contracted with Donala Water and Sanitation District to operate the water and sewer systems. We have contracted with other providers for maintenance of the other infrastructure – for example for taking care of the Waterfront Park.
What does the mill levy for the Pinon Districts pay for?
PPMD #1 certifies mill levies for both Operations & Maintenance (“O&M”) and for Debt Service. Currently (in 2016) the total mill levy for both functions is 44.097 mills. The O&M mill levy helps to cover a portion of the administrative and legal expenses incurred by FLMD to operate the various systems within the Forest Lakes development. The debt service mill levy helps to cover some of the repayment obligations incurred by both PPMD #1 and FLMD for past development activities with respect to the utility, parks, trail, stormwater and road infrastructure.
What is a Surface Water Treatment Plant?
Not to be confused with a wastewater sewage treatment plant – The surface water treatment plant will purify water taken from Bristlecone lake and be used for drinking water for the Forest Lakes Development. The surface water treatment plant, the transmission line and water intake line going into the lake will be constructed within the next year or two.
What is the depth and size of the lakes?
Bristlecone Reservoir is about 65 surface acres and has varying depths with a 55 foot depth at its deepest part. Pinon Reservoir is about 14 surface acres and is generally about 20 feet deep at it deepest point.
What is the relationship between FLMD and the Forest Lakes Residential Owners Association (HOA)?
Basically, the two have very different functions. FLMD, as explained in the questions above, operates the water, wastewater and landscaping functions for the Forest Lakes development. While FLMD owns and maintains the parks and trails within the Forest Lakes development, it has hired the HOA to manage the reservation and permit activities with respect to the park and lakes. The HOA mainly serves to fulfill the purposes of the Homeowners Association as they are specified in the Association’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, as well as other governing documents (Design Guidelines). Those purposes include covenant control, architectural control and general administrative responsibilities. For comprehensive information on the HOA please see the development website at www.forestlakescolorado.com
Where can I check to see how safe the drinking water is?
The State requires that “community” water systems file Consumer Confidence Reports with the State and transmit that report to its consumers annually. We currently expect that the first FLMD Consumer Confidence Report will be distributed about June of 2017. If you have any specific concerns about the quality of your drinking water, you may contact our system operator, Donala Water & Sanitation District, at any time.
Where do the lakes get their water?
The water in both Bristlecone and Pinon Reservoirs comes from the Beaver Creek watershed, which runs through the Forest Lakes area from its origin on the Rampart Range.
Why are the mill levies expected to increase for 2017?
As homes are completed and residents move into Forest Lakes, we are better able to estimate the costs of operating the various facilities and the associated administrative and legal costs. The PPMD #1 Board is expected to certify the following mill levies for 2017: 10 mills for O&M and 40 mills for debt service, providing for a total of 50 mills. The 10 mill O&M levy will help support a portion of the operating and maintenance costs for the non-utility systems. The 40 mills for debt service will support the debt service on a PPMD #1 bond issue that was completed on October 6, 2016. The Service Plans for the Pinon Districts establish mill levy caps for both O&M and debt services. As established in the Service Plans those mill levy caps are 10 mills for O&M and 50 mills for debt service. However, those mill levy caps can be “Gallagerized” currently to 11.495 mills for O&M and 57.475 mills for debt service.
Why can’t we swim in the lakes?
Because the water in Bristlecone Reservoir will be used as a drinking water supply for the Forest Lakes development – once the surface water treatment plant is constructed – we have been advised by our engineers that it is prudent to avoid having human contact with the water. From a water quality perspective therefore, we have determined that it is best to prohibit any activities that result in human contact with the water in the Reservoir, such as swimming. We have evaluated how to proceed with respect to Pinon Reservoir, which will not be used as a source of our drinking water supply. The Board has now decided that Pinon Lake will be a NON-ACTIVE lake and NO recreational activities will be allowed.
Why does the lake level fluctuate?
At this time, since we are not using water from Bristlecone Reservoir for drinking water purposes, fluctuations in the level of the lake are due solely to changes in the amount of flow in Beaver Creek, precipitation and evaporation rates from the lake. Once the surface water treatment plant is constructed and in operation, we will actually be withdrawing lake water for treatment and for drinking water purposes – and that activity will cause modest declines in the lake level.
LAKES & PARKS
How do I get a permit to access lake amenities?
To obtain a permit for Lake Amenities, Fishing, Dock or reserve Picnic/Pavilion/Amphitheater, please contact the Forest Lakes Residential Owners Association (HOA) at: 719-389-0700.
Posted by Kim S. on 11/13/2016
The Forest Lakes Residential Owners Association (FLROA) 2016 Annual Meeting / 2017 Budget Ratification
will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Forest Lakes Sales Office located at 2919 Waterfront Drive, Monument CO, 80132. Residents, please click here to download the meeting packet.
If you have questions, please contact the FLROA Community Manager, Steve Emery from Hammersmith Management, Inc., at 719-389-0700
Posted by Kim S. on 10/13/2016
If you've been through Forest Lakes recently, you've seen the progress we've made along Forest Lakes Drive, particularly Waterfront Park. With more than 60 homes under construction and new homeowners either moving in or getting close to move-in date, we wanted to share the Park and Lake Rules and Regulations. As we move forward with the vision for this community, our goal is to work with the HOA, Metro District, Residents and Lake Permit Holders to preserve and care for the outdoor amenities that make Forest Lakes one of the most pristine communities along the Front Range.
PERMIT INFORMATION: To obtain a permit for Lake Amenities, Fishing, Dock or reserve Picnic/Pavilion/Amphitheater, please contact the Forest Lakes Residential Owners Association (HOA) at: 719-389-0700.
Bristlecone Lake and Park are owned and maintained by the Forest Lakes Metropolitan District (District) and managed by the Forest Lakes Residential Owners Association (HOA). The Lake serves as a drinking water source. NO bodily contact with water is permitted. There are No lifeguards or emergency services present. Use of the Lake, its amenities and Park are at your own risk. Children should be supervised by an adult.
Failure to comply with Rules and Regulations could result in immediate cancellation of recreational use of Lake. This property may be patrolled and under video surveillance. To download a printable version of the Forest Lakes Park and Lake Rules and Regulations, click here.
Posted by Kim S. on 08/25/2016
Classic Homes and Jayden Homes have come together to put Forest Lakes on the 2016 Parade of Homes Map! The Colorado Springs Parade of Homes is now in its 62nd year of offering the general public a first-hand look at the current trends and greatest innovations in new home design. This annual event, presented by the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, showcases the latest design trends ranging from affordable living to luxury dream homes complete with every amenity imaginable. Each home in the Parade is professionally judged for a multitude of features including landscaping, floor plan, architectural exterior, interior decorating etc. and every year the HBA includes the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is voted on by those who attend the Parade and is the most coveted award by the builders. The People’s Choice awards, as well as other awards, are broken out into six categories divided by price points.
Classic Homes is featuring its Hillspire ranch plan located at 2919 Waterfront Dr. in Bristlecone at Forest Lakes. The Hillspire in Forest Lakes is one of Classic Homes' most popular ranch plans. It offers up to 3,272 total sq. ft. of comfortable living space. As you enter the Hillspire, the first thing you'll notice is the open feel of the floorplan. The family kitchen, dining, and great room come together in true harmony...functioning the way families want to live. The wall of windows along the family room and dining room make for a spry gathering area with outstanding views of Waterfront Park and Bristlecone Lake. Homeowners have the opportunity to select the optional patio or deck off the dining room, making this ranch plan ideal for indoor/outdoor entertaining. The main-level master suite is an owner's retreat with large walk-in closet, spacious master bathroom, and plenty of room to relax. The main level includes the choice of a second bedroom and full bath or the optional study. The family friendly basement is as open and easy to live in as the main level. The spacious recreation room combined with the opportunity for up to three additional bedrooms provides a substantial amount of space to comfortably accommodate and entertain family and guests. Two-car and three-car garage options are available with the Hillspire plan.
Jayden Homes presents the Grandview ranch plan located at 3434 Forest Lakes Drive in The Estates at Forest Lakes. From the front courtyard with an outdoor fireplace to the upper covered deck and lower patio, the Grandview by Jayden Homes is ideal for those who love Colorado outdoor living. With incredible views of Bristlecone Lake to the east and the Front Range to the west, this beautiful home enjoys natural beauty in the new master-planned community of Forest Lakes. The impressive vaulted great room features a majestic fireplace with stunning views, and the adjacent kitchen and dining room boast a striking granite island. The master suite offers a comfortable setting with a coffered ceiling and crown molding in the bedroom. For functionality, this home features our “Jayden Flow” where the laundry room is conveniently located between the mudroom and the master closet. There is also a spacious secondary guest suite/study on the main level with a walk-in closet. The inviting lower level is designed to provide you with all the amenities that fit your lifestyle. The impressive recreation room provides the perfect spot to have fun with family and friends offering ample entertainment areas to watch TV or play some pool. The two bedrooms are connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom with two separate, private vanities and generous walk-in closets. You’ll love the thoughtful design, detail and feel of this beautiful Colorado Craftsman home!
Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and over and may be purchased at all local Safeway and Albertsons stores and at the Parade homes during the Parade.
Posted by Kim S. on 07/20/2016
CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY ON WATERFRONT PARK AND THE AMPHITHEATER AT FOREST LAKES!
We are excited to share that Forest Lakes will soon begin welcoming the community's first residents. And, the timing couldn't be better! Our development team has been hard at work laying the ground work for Waterfront Park and building the community amphitheater. Residents of Forest Lakes will enjoy stunning views of the national forest, Bristlecone Lake and the city lights from the new park and amphitheater.
Throughout history, amphitheaters have been gathering places for sporting events, performances and many other forms of entertainment. Ancient Roman amphitheaters were oval or circular in plan and included seating in tiers surrounding performance areas, much like an open-air stadium. Modern day amphitheaters are most commonly used for outdoor concerts, wedding settings, and casual gatherings. Waterfront Park is approximately 4-5 acres, with a play area of roughly 58' x 35'. The Amphitheater at Forest Lakes is a 36' octangular amenity situated along Forest Lakes Drive. When complete, it will seat nearly 120 people.
We look forward to sharing the progress of the spectacular amenities coming to Forest Lakes. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please follow the progress on our Facebook Page or drop us an email at email@example.com.
Posted by Kim S. on 07/01/2016
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