THE CHALLENGE
Would you give away 26% of Public Open Space in Cherry Hills Village?

In 2007, Cat Anderson made two important decisions: she placed a conservation easement on her historic Quincy Farm, and she gave the property to the people of Cherry Hills Village with her family's blessing. The Farm is located on the south side of Quincy Avenue and bisected by the High Line Canal, with pastures, hay meadows, a pond, and a historic farmstead, including the 1898 Hopkins House and the 1934 barn. This gift added 17.5 scenic acres to the City’s existing 50 acres of parks, increasing public open space to 1.7% of the City’s total acreage.

Founded in 2005, Cherry Hills Land Preserve (CHLP) is a local nonprofit that advocates for open space and provides education programs to inspire future conservation. CHLP has a long relationship with Quincy Farm, including helping Cat Anderson explore the conservation easement for her property. In the last three years, CHLP's nature education programs at Quincy Farm have enriched the lives of hundreds of people of all ages.  

 

    The Future of the Farm Now Hangs in the Balance. 

 

In May 2021, the City issued an RFP to determine the fate of Quincy Farm, and two groups responded:

  • CHLP proposes a long-term partnership with the City to preserve the farm, protect its wildlife and conservation values, and provide education and access solely for the benefit and enjoyment of the community. 

  • A second group is proposing the City give the farm (currently appraised by Arapahoe County at $9,000,000) to a private individual for free with a promise of limited and uncertain public access in the future. 

 

​If the City deeds the property to private ownership, it will forever lose control of 26% of existing public open space which cannot be replaced at any price.  

Your Voice is Important.

 

We ask you to demonstrate community support for retaining this priceless gift as public open space. Please send emails to CHV City Council at quincyfarm@cherryhillsvillage.com as soon as possible in support of CHLP’s proposal.

 
 

"When kids come here, they make forts in the bushes, catch frogs in the canal like my kids did. Kids don’t get a chance to do this anymore. I would like children to come out here and learn about nature." 

Cat Anderson, 2010, on Quincy Farm