Learning more about the proposed land swap between Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A proposed plan to exchange land between Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor became a little more visual. The city gave media a tour Wednesday afternoon showing the areas that would be swapped, and how they say this could be a benefit in the end.

The way the proposal is laid out, The Broadmoor will trade parts of the Manitou Incline, Bear Creek Park, Chamberlain Trail, and North Cheyenne Cañon Park to the City of Colorado Springs.

“The goal for that trail [Chamberline Trail] would be to really run, follow the Front Range, the foothills, along Colorado Springs and really provide a mountain hiking type experience,” said Chris Lieber, Park Development Manager for Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation.

In the land swap, The Broadmoor will trade about 208 acres of land to the city. In return, the city will trade about 189 acres to The Broadmoor in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.

“Folks would be able to park up here at the upper sections of NCC Park and walk down or hike down the closed section of Gold Camp Road that’s closed to vehicles, and then access the 208-acre parcel by that ridgeline,” said David Deitemeyer, Park Planner for Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation.

City Parks and Recreation will then be responsible for the areas traded to the city, while The Broadmoor, in this proposal, would own a piece of Strawberry Fields.

“The Broadmoor has offered to help with some of the funding for the Park Ambassabor Program,” said Cathy Railton, Park Operation Administrator.

There will be a community meeting on February 24 from 6-8 p.m at Gold Camp Elementary School for anyone wanting to learn more about this proposal.

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