Colo. Springs OKs purchase of land from state

The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to spend $4.12 million on land the city has leased for four decades from the state. The Gazette in Colorado Springs reports that the council voted unanimously Tuesday to buy the 640-acre parcel that’s between Bear Creek Canon Park and Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Most of the […]

Ballot issue would transfer city, county park authority

The Trails and Open Space Coalition, a long-established nonprofit that spearheaded a 1997 campaign to create a dedicated city tax to fund trails, parks and open space, is on the campaign trail again. The group is crafting a “sustainable parks initiative,” a proposed ballot issue that may transfer county and city parks to a new […]

TOPS ‘father’ of open space projects retiring

Dan Cleveland, the long time executive director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, will retire May 15. Cleveland, who held the position for 15 years, started the job overseeing the Pikes Peak Area Trails Coalition which has expanded to include open space, on-street bicycling and rural land preservation. Cleveland’s retirement will be his “second […]