Wish We Were Here, Episode 15: Acre for Acre — The Fight for Strawberry Fields

May 20, 2016

On this weekend’s special episode of Wish We Were Here, we take a close look at all sides of the proposed Broadmoor land swap deal and the way that open space defines Colorado Springs as a city.

At the heart of deal lies a 189 acre undeveloped piece of parkland at the southwestern corner of the city called Strawberry Fields. It’s been the subject of more than a dozen public meetings, myriad news stories, a widely circulated petition, and a fierce debate on social media.

UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council has voted 6-3 to approve the land swap with the Broadmoor. Stay tuned to KRCC in the coming days for more. 

Here is how the council members voted:

To read the 1885 Ordinance dedicating Cheyenne Canyon Park by clicking on the slideshow above.

Click HERE to see a map that outlines the specific properties that Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor would be trading.

Click HERE to read the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department's 2014 Master Plan.

Click HERE to read the Colorado Springs Procedure Manual for the Acquistion and Disposition of Real Property Interests.

Click HERE to read the land appraisals for the properties involved in the exchange.

The Colorado Springs City Council will vote on whether or not to approve the deal on Tuesday, May 24.

Check back here for updates.