COLORADO SPRINGS — Changes are on the way for the Pikeview Quarry in the Foothills, west of Colorado Springs. On Tuesday, the city council will vote to spend another $2.7 million to purchase an additional 61 acres from the owners as part of a plan to create an open space.
It is all a part of a long-term reclamation project. The goal is to eventually turn the land into a mountain bike park. The property features rolling hills and oak brush. It’s located immediately south of Blodgett Open Space and west of Allegheny Drive and the Oak Valley Ranch neighborhood.
Funding for the acquisition will come from Trails, Open Space and Parks with the assistance of acquisition partner The Conservation Fund.
The concept has surrounding neighbors excited about the possible changes.
Franc Dixson has lived in the neighborhood right down the street from the Quarry for years and he says there hasn't been a lot of traffic in the area lately."
When I first moved in here a couple of years ago I noticed a few trucks here and there, but I haven't seen a lot of trucks in a while," said Dixson.
"If they are going to do that I think it would be best for the tourists that come through the area," said Nicole Queirolo, community member. Nicole Queirolo lives just a few block away. She believes if the ordinance is approved, it will make a huge difference as folks come to the city to see the scenery.
"The scenic view is why half the people come to visit here!" said Queirolo.
The quarry has been closed since 2015 and reclamation is largely complete. From a regional perspective, this property offers the future potential to provide trail access to the Pike National Forest’s Waldo Canyon area.