Over the past forty years, El Paso County has developed an awarding winning regional park system consisting of over 8,000 acres of parks and open space, 105 miles of trails, two nature centers and numerous recreation and cultural programs. The park system is used by hundreds of thousands of residents and tourists each year.
Over the past decade, El Paso County has struggled to provide sufficient resources to effectively maintain the County park system due to a challenging economy, fires and floods, and other critical needs. This has led to a backlog of necessary improvements and the need to address rapidly growing areas in our county that need parks, trails and open space facilities.
In 2014, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners unanimously approved a TABOR ballot question that asked voters to consider retaining approximately $2 million in excess 2013 revenue to invest in critical maintenance and improvements at County regional parks, trails, open space, nature centers, and fairgrounds. Seventy percent (70%) of El Paso County voters approved the 1A ballot issue on November 4, 2014.
With the successful ballot issue, El Paso County Parks has updated individual park master plans and has raised additional funding to support the 1A projects.
For additional information 1A projects, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The 2014 1A parks funding is not the same 1A public safety funding approved for El Paso County Public Safety improvements and Sheriff’s Office operations in 2012.