(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.

 

6 Responses to An Even Bigger Corral Bluffs Open Space?

  1. hiker gal says:

    Noel, thank you for the lovely article. Your phrase “…our open spaces preserve the soul of the region…” puts voice to my own sentiments.

  2. Eco-man says:

    Noel,

    Very nice coverage. I hope that you get some deserved credit so that future generations will look back and say;

    “The news media certainly helped save some pretty valuable natural assets. We all owe them a belated debt of gratitude”…

    Without the ability to disseminate information, society would be at the mercy of the power brokers.’

    Many thanks!

    Eco-man

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  4. Joe Bachofen says:

    Thank you for the excellent article and slide show. You motivated me to sign up for a tour and to send an email to the Mayor and Council in support of future Corral Bluffs expansion.

  5. Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks for posting again, and hooray for City Council for voting to acquire the Anderson Property to help buffer Corral Bluffs and provide access from the northeast.

  6. John Pehrson says:

    I have lived here and Denver the most of my life and been through jimmy creek park area and coral Bluffs ,as a scout leader and council member in ute district I have taken boys to tour the whole area, through out the 70′s & 80;s also collected arrowheads findings of a once standing building or two and proof of a old rail road use there and Falcon Colo. from the discards their was a coal mine there along time ago. the area is as decribed by you especially the canyon area the jimmy creekarea road lower part stil goes to the ranch at plum creek the road got washed out above the reanch area but the east fork still is good for a short distance the upper corral ridge road had been fenced off. I hope this property stays as is, Iknmow the lower site south end was to be a water project from the Arkansas river in pueblo and bring the water up through a sieries of small storage areas to the area we are talking about,the last time the last water shed was going to be some around fountain? There has already be a consiiderable amount of money spent for a rec area on the east side of coral ridge. and the it would raise the property values for those people who live there. lets see colorado springs gets a fair shake on this project. Elpaso county records will verify this information (thanks)

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