WHAT TOPS HAS ALREADY DONE
Over the past 24 years, Colorado Springs’ TOPS funding has been used to preserve more than 7,100 acres of open space in the Pikes Peak region. It has built 25 parks and renovated 41 more, and constructed close to 50 miles of urban trails.
Without TOPS, some of our community’s best parks, favorite trails, and pristine open spaces would not exist. Stratton Open Space was one of the first properties to be preserved, followed by Blodgett and Red Rock Canyon Open Space. All three were targets for local development.
The commercial vision for Red Rock Canyon was a private golf course with high rise hotels and luxury townhouses. Instead, the City used TOPS money to purchase the 789 acres of land and preserved it as a recreational open space.
TOPS has had a significant impact on our community – thousands of acres of open space, dozens of parks, miles of trails – it’s hard to imagine life in Colorado Springs without the amazing outdoor amenities TOPS has helped to create and protect.