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Following a recommendation this morning by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Se…

Following a recommendation this morning by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board, the City is one step closer to acquiring more than 340 acres of open space on the city’s western edge. The acquisitions will now be considered by City Council for approval in June.

The proposal includes two properties. The first is Black Canyon Quarry, which is located west of the Cedar Heights neighborhood and Garden of the Gods Park. The quarry has been closed since 2015 and reclamation is largely complete. It offers exciting future potential trail access to the Pike National Forest’s Waldo Canyon area, which is currently engaged in an ongoing public planning process called, “Reimagine Waldo Canyon.”

The second property is 148 acres of grassland immediately south of Blodgett Open Space and west of Allegheny Drive and the Oak Valley Ranch neighborhood. Featuring rolling hills and oak brush, it is considered frontage property of the Pikeview Quarry.

The $8.9 million acquisition is proposed to be funded by revenues from the TOPS Open Space Category with the assistance of acquisition partner The Conservation Fund. TOPS is a voter-approved sales tax that generates approximately $9.5 million annually.

Additionally, the 100-acre Pikeview Quarry could be acquired as a donation at a later date on condition of state approval of physical reclamation.

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