It's been 10 years since voters in Colorado Springs approved a .01 % sales tax to fund Trails, Open space and Parks (TOPS). According to a story in today's Gazette, the $59 million raised has - acquired more than 5,000 acres of open space, completed more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, constructed 24 neighborhood parks, and leveraged another $40 million in outside grants for local parks projects. Without it, there'd be no Red Rock Canyon, no Stratton Open Space and likely no Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
I'd argue that no other bit of city legislation will have such a lasting and beneficial effect on the city. It carries on the legacy of founder and avid park builder William Jackson Palmer.
Happy Birthday TOPS!