Wednesday, March 2, 2016

TOSC supports Broadmoor land swap

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 11:16 AM

click to enlarge Strawberry Fields open space would no longer be owned by the city under a proposal supported by TOSC. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Strawberry Fields open space would no longer be owned by the city under a proposal supported by TOSC.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition has voted to support the city's proposed exchange of city open space to The Broadmoor "if certain specific conditions are met."

In a posting on its website, TOSC says:

If conditions are met regarding conservation, access, and public process, the Board of TOSC feels that the exchange would be in the best interest of the community and forward our mission of preservation and trail connection.

The end result, if the process is carried out in the way we suggest, would be more conservation of open space, more protected acres, more trail connections and more public process.
More conservation—a conservation easement on Strawberry Hills would protect the land in perpetuity.
More protected acres—the City of Colorado Springs would gain 371 acres of parkland, and some 180 acres, transferred to the Broadmoor, would be protected by deed restrictions and conservation easement, forever.
Trail connections—the City would gain 115 acres of new public trail easements, and realize a big goal of extending the Chamberlain Trail south.
Public process—several more public meetings would be held, to give everyone a chance to be heard.

Read the details on our website.
How the Proposal will go through the process:
March 10, Presentation at City Parks Advisory Board. No vote taken.
April 11th, Presented to City Council in Work Session.
April 14th, Parks Advisory Board vote.
City Council vote either late April or early May.

Upcoming Broadmoor Land Exchange meetings:

Town Hall with Keith King, Councilman, District 3
Monday, March 14th, 6-8 pm
Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave

Public Meeting
Wed, March 30, 6-8 pm
Gold Camp Elementary School, 1805 Preserve Drive
Take the city's survey.

(Disclosure: The Independent's publisher, Carrie Simison, is a TOSC board member.)

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