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Sep 28, 2010 5:36 PM by Greg Boyce

City to buy Section 16 for open space

The Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to buy Section 16, a popular open space area on the west side of the city.

The land has been leased by the city since the 1970s.  The City Council agreed to spend $4 million for the land.  Most of that comes from the Trails and Open Space fund, the rest is from donations and grants.  The Trails and Open Space money comes from a tax and must be used for outdoor recreation.

The city had to make a decision because the owner of the land planned to raise the price of the lease dramatically.

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