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File #: 19-601    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 9/24/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/12/2019 Final action: 11/12/2019
Title: A Resolution of Support for the City of Colorado Springs' Jimmy Camp Creek Property Open Space Grant Application to Great Outdoors Colorado Presenter: Karen Palus, Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Tilah Larson, Senior Analyst, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Attachments: 1. 10-21-19 - City Council Resolution - Jimmy Camp Creek - GOCO Grant, 2. 10-21-19 - GOGO Grant - Jimmy Camp Creek - Powerpoint, 3. Signed Resolution 115-19.pdf

Title
A Resolution of Support for the City of Colorado Springs' Jimmy Camp Creek Property Open Space Grant Application to Great Outdoors Colorado

Presenter:
Karen Palus, Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tilah Larson, Senior Analyst, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Body
Summary:
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department ("Department") submitted a grant to the Great Outdoors Colorado ("GOCO") Open Space Grant program to assist with the acquisition of 295 acres of property located between Jimmy Camp Creek Regional Park and Corral Bluffs Open Space. The $800,000 request will contribute to acquisition costs estimated at $3,188,100. The Department is seeking a resolution from City Council in support of the application.

Background:
After a decade of acquiring land in eastern area of Colorado Springs, the City is now presented with the opportunity to create the long sought after link between two cornerstone properties. Jimmy Camp Creek Prairie Preserve offers an outstanding natural area that connects two large existing properties, Jimmy Camp Creek Regional Park and Corral Bluffs Open Space, in order to achieve landscape-scale conservation in eastern Colorado Springs. The 295 acre parcel of the prairie preserve will help link the 876 acres of Corral Bluffs to the 693 acres of Jimmy Camp Creek Regional Park, resulting in the preservation of 1,864 acres of critical prairie habitat, distinctive bluff landforms, a transitional ponderosa pine ecosystem, and a world class paleontological site.

The property, currently owned by Colorado Springs Utilities, was purchased by Colorado Springs Utilities in the early 2000s in anticipation of building a reservoir to store water for the Southern Delivery System, a 50-mile pipeline from the Pueblo Reservoir. Colorado Springs Utilities abandoned the location as a possible site when the Bureau of Reclamation, Corps of Engineers, and Environmental Protection Agency identified a prefer...

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