COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department and The Broadmoor hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Chamberlain Trail extension Thursday. The public trail runs through the Strawberry Hill property, which was acquired by The Broadmoor in a land exchange with the City in 2016.
“We are very pleased that we have been able to accomplish the Chamberlain Trail extension and new trailhead, which are two key initiatives that the community requested through our master planning efforts,” said Karen Palus. “The completion of this project provides another significant connection in the City’s trail system, and I’d like to thank The Broadmoor for its continued support and partnership in these efforts.”
The new extension of the Chamberlain Trail, at just over a mile long, was funded by The Broadmoor and provides public access through Strawberry Hill. The new trail also provides increased regional connectivity as outlined in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property.. In addition, a public parking lot has been added, offering access to the trailhead at the corner of Mesa Avenue and Evans Road. The new lot contains 20 parking spots.
“We are very pleased with this beautiful new trail addition and extension of the Chamberlain Trail,” said Jack Damioli, president and CEO of The Broadmoor. “This venture has been a great private-public partnership between The Broadmoor and the City of Colorado Springs, allowing for the development of public trails without using public funds. We believe this trail will be a wonderful benefit to the entire community for years to come.”
The future corridor for the Chamberlain Trail is an envisioned 26.5-mile natural surfaced trail that traverses the foothills of Colorado Springs, connecting Blodgett Open Space to Cheyenne Mountain State Park.