Vote YES for Parks and Trails!

Vote YES for Parks and Trails!

Vote yes for trails!

WITHOUT RAISING TAXES, SHALL THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS BE PERMITTED TO RETAIN AND SPEND UP TO $2,100,000 FOR PARK TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE, THIS AMOUNT BEING THE ESTIMATED 2014 REVENUES ABOVE THE 2014 FISCAL YEAR REVENUE/SPENDING LIMITATIONS?

On August 11, City Council voted (8-1, Collins was the “no” vote) to place a measure on the November ballot to use $2.1 million in excess revenue to fix badly damaged trails. These are key segments of our trail system with cracks and holes that in some cases pose a safety risk. Some of these asphalt trails were built 20+ years ago. Asphalt generally lasts about 10 years. They will be repaired with concrete with a lifespan of 50 years. A four foot gravel trail will be added along the concrete creating a soft surface for runners and equestrians.

The eight projects include portions of the Homestead, Palmer-Mesa, Pikes Peak Greenway, Rock Island, Sand Creek, Shooks Run, Sinton and Skyline Trails. These projects made the cut because they’re heavily used, in bad shape and no other source of funds is available to make repairs. Some of the projects will improve accessibility to neighborhoods and make the trails ADA compliant.

The ballot language will contain the eight listed projects. The money cannot be spent for anything else besides repair, renovation and improvement to existing trails.

This will not begin to address the long list of maintenance needs and capital projects outlined in the recent master plan ($180M), but if passed it will improve key system trails.

Here is a list of the projects to be included:

Homestead Trail

North Carefree to South Carefree.

Full depth reconstruction, paving of gravel segments, safety improvements, wayfinding signage, improve neighborhood connections.

Palmer Mesa Trail

Blair Bridge to GOG Overlook, Stately View to Holmes Middle School.

Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage, improve neighborhood connections.

Pikes Peak Greenway

  • Fillmore to Rock Island.

Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage, repair of handrails.

  • Mark Dabling to I-25.

Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage.

Rock Island Trail

Circle Avenue to Academy Boulevard.

Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage.

Shooks Run Trail

Jackson to Jefferson, Fontenaro to Wasatch.

Full depth reconstruction, wayfinding signage, street crossing improvements, improve neighborhood access points.

Sinton Trail

Mark Dabling to Ellston Street.

Full depth reconstruction, underpass improvements, wayfinding signage.

Skyline Trail

Research Blvd to Woodmen Rd.

Replacement of damaged trail sections along corridor.

Sand Creek Trail

Airport Road to Hancock Expressway.

Retaining wall improvements, drainage improvement, wayfinding signage, corridor clearing.

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