Marjorie Lee Smith got involved in her Park Hill neighborhood when crime began to rise and she feared the area was in decline. She became a neighborhood activist and a familiar face at City Hall. She served six years on her neighborhood board and attended countless meetings on behalf of Park Hill.
Here is Marjorie, in a photo taken by The Gazette’s Christian Murdock.
Her greatest success was convincing the Colorado Springs Fire Department to relocate Fire Station 8 at 3737 Airport Road, within the Park Hill neighborhood. The city celebrated the grand opening at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.
A road that loops around the new station is named Marjorie Lee Drive in honor of Smith.
Here is a photo of the dilapidated firehouse, built in 1966, it replaces about a half-mile west on Airport.
Now, a few photos of the new firehouse. In the last, Marjorie Lee Drive is in the foreground:
Here is a map to the new firehouse:
The new firehouse was designed to evoke the historic qualities of Stations 1 and 2, pictured below:
Station 1 at 29 S. Weber St. and Station 2 at 314 E. San Miguel St.
For the grand opening ceremony, scheduled at 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, the city created a history of Fire Station 8 and issued press releases with background on the project. Read them here: