Parishioners of a Catholic church in Manitou Springs that was targeted for closure due to dwindling attendance and revenues - partly blamed on traffic to the Manitou Incline hiking trail and parking problems - will receive an award from the city's historic preservation commission Thursday night.
Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 218 Ruxton Ave., in Manitou Springs, will be presented with a special recognition award for their efforts in working with the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs to "ensure the church remains a functioning and contributing component of the Manitou Springs community."
Also, parishioner Charles L.T. Smith, a leader of the team working on the church's preservation, will be singly honored as well.
The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Since last fall, the church community has rallied to address parking issues with the city, raise money to cover a projected deficit and create a plan to fund building renovations.
Attendees can use a free shuttle bus that picks up from the free parking lot on Old Man's Trail and runs to the church.