Ute Valley open space grows thanks to conservation effort

Gazette, January 30, 2015

Ute Valley Gateway Open space has grown by 110 acres, the city of Colorado Springs announced Friday.

The newly-conserved tract makes a 203-acre open space on the border of Ute Valley Park, which is 300 acres. The addition allows the city to complete the Ute Valley Trail.

The property was purchased from Hewlett Packard in 2013, and it has been conserved as open space forever thanks to a conservation easement held by Palmer Land Trust, according to a news release sent by the city.

Preservation funding came from the Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, Friends of Ute Valley Park and Lyda Hill.

4 Responses to “Ute Valley open space grows thanks to conservation effort”

  1. I’am a little confused . I see signs posted in the park about a large increase in size…..yet when I do my usual hike now ( been away for 5 months in Yosemite NP) I’am totally appalled by the new destruction work going on 100 feet from the new trail ! It must be the new land acquired from Hewlett Packard area . Why has a minimal trail forest buffer area been reduced to a token width from the moved trail ?

    • Dave Grossman says:

      Mr. Tramontano,

      Thank you for the question. I will ask someone from Colorado Springs Parks and Rec to respond as they determine trail location.

      Dave Grossman, FUVP board member.

  2. Carol S, says:

    I usually enter the park from the Ridge at Rockrimmon. I used to enter via a trail along the HP driveway, but I noticed (as Paul Tramontano mentioned) that the trail has been removed and all the trees along the driveway are cut down. Even the trail access from behind the Marriott has been blocked. Are you planning on creating a new trailhead along the HP driveway? And what happened to all the trees?? (I’ve been away for 18 months). I do like the new trail on the east side of the park that extends to Tech Center Dr.

    • Carol S says:

      Well, never mind. I see now that they are building a big parking lot. I’m a little disappointed that they cut down all those trees to pour more concrete. That parking lot will crowd the east side of the park making it hard to run and bike since most trails are single-track. Not to mention all the college kids moving in the neighborhood who will use it for partying at night. I think one little lot on Tech Center Dr. would be enough, but alas it’s not my decision.

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