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File #: 19-554    Version: Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 8/30/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/22/2019 Final action: 10/22/2019
Title: Ordinance No. 19-69 Amending Ordinance No. 18-118 (2019 Appropriation Ordinance) for a Supplemental Appropriation to the Trails, Open Space and Parks ("TOPS") Fund in the Amount of $1,284,000 for Acquisition of Approximately 164 Acres of Property for the Purpose of Public Open Space and Trails as an Extension of the Cheyenne Mountain State Park Presenter: Britt Haley, TOPS Program Manager, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department
Attachments: 1. Appropriation Ordinance 09-10-19, 2. Signed Ordinance 19-69.pdf

Title
Ordinance No. 19-69 Amending Ordinance No. 18-118 (2019 Appropriation Ordinance) for a Supplemental Appropriation to the Trails, Open Space and Parks ("TOPS") Fund in the Amount of $1,284,000 for Acquisition of Approximately 164 Acres of Property for the Purpose of Public Open Space and Trails as an Extension of the Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Presenter:
Britt Haley, TOPS Program Manager, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department

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Summary:
This is a request for a supplemental appropriation to support the purchase of up to 164 acres of property for the purpose of public open space and trails as an extension of the Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Background:
The 2014 Park System Master Plan identifies the Rock Creek Canyon area as an open space candidate area. As early as 1997, the City's open space master planning documents have identified this area as having some of the highest natural resource values in our community. The TOPS Working Committee has identified a 160.52 acre property and a 2.91 acre property, in Rock Creek Canyon for acquisition as open space because they offer values that merit preservation. The properties are located west of Highway 115 at the terminus of Rock Creek Canyon Road adjacent to Cheyenne Mountain State Park ("CMSP"). Acquisition of the properties would provide additional acreage for the CMSP, future trail access for the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Trail, and further connect the park to the beautiful and rugged Rock Creek Canyon.

The TOPS Program has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with CPW. TOPS worked with CPW to acquire the original 1,600-acre Cheyenne Mountain State Park. In 2008-2011, 2016 and in 2018, the City purchased additional property to the west of the park to provide trail connections to the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The 2018 trail connection, known as the Dixon Trail, opened to the public last year. Also in 2018 and early 2019, TOPS completed additional acquisitions in Rock ...

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