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Colorado Springs City Council tweaks record of Corral Bluffs Open Space land purchase

November 14, 2017 Updated: November 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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The Corral Bluffs Open Space with Pikes Peak in the background. Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Gazette file photo)

The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved a tweak Tuesday to the record of a land purchase for Corral Bluffs Open Space.

The council originally approved spending $570,000 for 85 acres to expand the open space on the city's northeast side. Corral Bluffs, which is not open to the public, sits on the K-T boundary, a 65-million-year-old geologic feature separating the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods. Fossils and ancient artifacts have been found in the area.

A survey done after the council's July vote showed the parcel was closer to 80 acres, cutting the purchase price to $540,000.

The city paid the correct amount but still needed to change the record to accurately reflect that, said Britt Haley, manager of the city's Trails Open Space and Parks tax program.

The purchase extends Corral Bluffs west toward Jimmy Camp Creek Park. The goal is to connect the open space with that park by buying more land, Haley said, though no purchases are expected anytime soon.

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