This should be quite interesting! thanks for the update, Pam.
Please recall that Jill Gaebler was one of the three to vote against the land swap.
Gary, Thanks for asking!
When I choose to move here in 1984 after a lengthy analysis of places to live, I was thrilled by the proximity of the mountains both on the west side and the Austin Bluffs/Palmer Park extension east of I-25.
As one the of founders of the TOPS program along with people like Richard Skorman and John Weiss (of the Indy), we have been able to expand the trail, open space, and parks opportunities.
However, when the Great Recession hit in 2008, the Parks budget crashed with the economic crash. There is now a back log of $180 million of parks updates that are needed. In addition, we would like to establish a funding mechanism so that when the next recession hits, Parks is not hit like it was in 2008.
Parks, Trails, and Open Space along with the great climate is what makes Colo Spgs a wonderful place to live. We need to invest in the present and the future to keep it great!
Thank you, Lee
John and Jim,
I urge you not to "throw the baby outwith the bath water"! I understand and share your anger, but there is bigger picture to consider, please!
Pam has done a great job of covering the Land Swap, but to suggest that the $42 million is really the available budget to take care of community park needs misses the real situation.
For example, $8.8 million of included enterprise money is used for things like the cemetery, Pikes Peak Highway, and the golf courses.
Thanks to all of you in this important discussion!
Thanks for the update. several of the land parcels without homes need to be added to Corral Bluffs Open Space.
I know many of the people who opposed the land swap and I can assure you they supported Jan Martin's tax increase. Look for something on the April 2017 ballot!
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