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(All photographs by Michael Myers except where indicated in the captions)
We say it a lot here on The Big Something: Our open spaces and regional parks are among our greatest local treasures. Who hasn’t enjoyed Red Rock Canyon or the newly added Section 16 at least once? As the city expands physically and contracts fiscally, our open spaces preserve the soul of our region at minimum expense to the taxpayers beyond the $.01/$10 sales tax for initial purchases with TOPS dollars. One of the most recent TOPS purchases was Corral Bluffs, which we visited last year with photographer Michael Meyers (see slide show above). Currently only 522 acres, the Corral Bluffs Alliance is hoping TOPS will purchase as much of the Corral Bluffs area as possible for open space as property becomes available. Today, City Council will consider the purchase of the Anderson property, which would add 72 acres and “would allow easier access to impressive rim views at Corral Bluffs through a new northeast access. It would allow for an uninterrupted rim trail. It would prevent housing development or more landfill adjacent to the existing open space and it would add much-needed open space on the east side of Colorado Springs.”
If you want to make your voice heard about the issue, the City Council meets today in Council Chambers at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. at 1 p.m. or you can email council members to make your opinion heard.
Please note that Corral Bluffs is not yet open to the public. However, there are guided tours available once a month. (More info HERE). Space is limited, so have a look at our slide show with guided narration by Phyllis Cahill and Lee Milner then sign up as soon as you can. The next tour is scheduled for November 6, weather permitting.