Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)
The City of Colorado Springs is pleased to announce the acquisition of approximately 80 acres of property at the Corral Bluffs Open Space through a partnership with the Trust for Public Land. Corral Bluffs Open Space provides a treasure trove for scientists and is considered a critical site for paleontological and archaeological research. The City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department acquired 80.688 acres on the west side of Corral Bluffs, bringing the total area to more than 700 acres.
“In this era of rapid population growth, it’s imperative that communities act quickly to secure unique lands for parks and open space when opportunities arise,” said Jim Petterson, Colorado and southwest director for The Trust for Public Land. “The Trust for Public Land is honored to collaborate with the City to conserve this globally-significant paleontological site.”
The additional acreage was purchased for $547,000 with funding provided by TOPS, the City’s Trails, Open Space and Parks program. The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) and the Corral Bluffs Alliance submitted applications to the TOPS working committee requesting the acquisition.
“We are thankful for our voter-approved TOPS program, which allows for the acquisition and stewardship of sites like this one,” said Karen Palus, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director. “Our City looks forward to exploring its valuable resources.”
Corral Bluffs is located near Highway 94 on the city’s east side and accessible to the public through guided hikes. Visit www.corralbluffs.org for more information.