Pikes Peak Access

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Colorado Springs residents should get more access to the south slope of Pikes Peak for recreation after facing locked gates for more than a century.

The Colorado Springs Utilities has released a draft proposal for trails on thousands of acres that provide access to some of its 28 reservoirs. The turnabout comes after the utility said earlier this month that opening the area to the public wasn't an option.

Area residents and recreation groups have been lobbying for decades for access to the south slope of Pikes Peak. The utility adopted a plan in 1999 to develop trails in the area but scrapped it after the 2001 terrorist attacks because of concerns about water safety.

Some people aren't happy that the plan doesn't address fishing at the reservoirs. The utility has resisted allowing fishing because of potential contamination.

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