Nestled in the northwest corner of Colorado Springs, Ute Valley Park provides an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Whether you prefer an exhilarating experience zipping down single-track, or a peaceful one soaking in the surrounding mountain views, Ute Valley Park is the local gem for you. Many didn’t know that over 200 acres of what appeared to be a part of the Park was actually privately owned. In fact, 203 acres were previously owned by Hewlett-Packard, and due to its proximity to both the Peregrine and Rockrimmon neighborhoods, was slated for the development of 162 homes and 12 commercial units.
Photo by Denise Dethlefsen
Can you imagine strolling along your favorite trail only to have it disappear? Rest assured. Palmer Land Trust,in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and Friends of Ute Valley Park, has conserved an additional 110 acres to be added to the Ute Valley Gateway Open Space. This is an addition to a 93-acre parcel conserved just last year.
In August of 2013, TPL purchased the land from Hewlett-Packard, and with assistance from the partnership, including a generous grant from GOCO and fundraising assistance from Friends of Ute Valley Park, was able to work with the City of Colorado Springs to create a conserved open space for generations to come. This property, the Ute Valley Gateway Open Space, expands the Ute Valley Park area to nearly 550 acres and allows the city to complete the Ute Valley Trail, an important east-west recreation corridor in the city.
The conservation easement protecting the property is held by Palmer Land Trust, designating us as the organization responsible for the open space’s everlasting protection. PLT provides ongoing stewardship oversight to its protected landscapes, ensuring that the conservation values are upheld in perpetuity. For the Ute Valley Gateway Open Space, and the citizens of Colorado Springs, the conservation easement guarantees that this property remains accessible open space forever.