#MyTOPS Toolkit 

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It’s the 25th anniversary of the Trails, Open Space and Parks program (TOPS) in Colorado Springs, and we are gearing up for a year-long anniversary celebration.  

For 25 years, Colorado Springs residents and visitors have made an incredible investment in our city’s trails, open spaces and parks – places that help define our nationally-recognized quality of life. Many, however, don’t even realize they've contributed to this program. We are capitalizing on this anniversary year to raise awareness of TOPS.  

On the City’s various social media channels, we will feature all sorts of users and their unique connections to our park system – hikers, bikers, photographers, veterans, dog parents, grandparents – anyone who shares our love of the outdoors.  

Content will include stories about people playing in their favorite parks, riding on our amazing trail networks, or relaxing in a fabulous open space. We hope it will not only raise awareness about TOPS, but also inspire community pride. Other themes will include conservation, wildlife habitat, forest health, cultural resources, health and wellness, recreation, and responsible growth. 

How can you help? 

Join in the fun and help us raise awareness of TOPS along the way! We encourage you to share our #MyTOPS posts on your social media pages and create your own unique TOPS content too. 

Campaign Resources 

  • Campaign Hashtag:  #MyTOPS 
  • Don't forget to tag us at @COSpringsParks, @CityofCOS, @OlympicCityUSA on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Photos and social media copy (or create your own)
  • TOPS properties (map coming soon) 

TOPS Background 

In April 1997, Colorado Springs voters passed the TOPS ballot measure dedicated to acquiring, developing and preserving trails, open space and parks through a 0.1% sales tax, or 1 penny on every $10 purchase. TOPS was renewed by voters in 2003 at the same rate through 2025. It currently generates upwards of $11 million annually.  

TOPS is managed by the PRCS department with oversight from a nine-member TOPS working committee comprised of Colorado Springs residents who monitor the budget, purchases and projects. The ordinance directs the percentage of funding that can be used in the trail, open space and park categories each year. 

More information: ColoradoSprings.gov/TOPS 

Contact

Cassie Melvin