|FACTS & LOCATION
Highland Park is a covenant protected community of approximately 158 lots, located two miles
north of Woodmen Road between Black Forest and Vollmer Roads (entrances are on each
road). The homesites are all about 2.5 acres in size, making them the last of the large acreage
estate-sized home sites this close to the City of Colorado Springs.
Most lots have stunning views of the Front Range mountains, while being only minutes from
town. Some lots border the Cottonwood Creek greenbelt with its lake (which is common area
for the owners association).
Lots are served by underground electric, gas and phone and utilize individual wells and septic
systems. A non-motorized trail system has been constructed, linking filings 1 and 2.
Carefully crafted protective covenants, policies and a homeowner association (HPA) exist to
Highland Park was assembled and developed by Little London, LLC. Two parcels of land were
combined to create the community. The area that is now Filing One was bought from Saudi interests,
who acquired the land as part of the Banning Lewis Ranch from the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC)
after Frank Aries went bankrupt in the 1980s. The Ranch was the single largest asset handled by the
The land East of Cottonwood Creek was previously owned by Mark Wild, and was used for years as the
Black Forest Gliderport. Later Wild sold the land to Frank Aries, but Wild got it back after Aries'
bankruptcy, and sold it to a principal in Little London. Portions of the old runway could still be seen
running N-S in Filings 2 and land to the north which is now Highland Park 3 - a separate development
owned by Litlle London, LLC. Also, here and there on the property one may find an old concrete slab
or tie downs where a hanger or plane parking spot was located. The buildings that were in Highland
Park 3 housed the flight operation center, and served as a clubhouse and sleeping accommodations for
any pilots who stayed overnight.
Except for Tract D at the south end of Ben Tirran Ct., which is still owned by Little London, LLC, all lots
have been sold to individual owners and the original developer, Little London LLC, has no controlling
interests except as an individual landowner.
The Highland Park Neighborhood Association, Inc. (HPA) is a non-profit corporation which
exists to promote the common good and welfare of the ownership interest in the Highland
Park Subdivision. The HPA is currently governed by five Directors.
Membership of owners is mandatory, with each property receiving one vote. Dues (plus
trash pickup) are paid annually. Dues from inception through 2016 had been $200.00 per
year, with a needed raise to $295.00 starting January 2017. In 2006, the Association
members voted for, and the Board of Directors negotiated, a significant benefit for the
membership in the form of trash collection as a annually-paid service with dues (at
approximately $120 per year per lot in 2019). Trash pickup is currently on Thursday
(trash to be out by 7AM) and supplied by Waste Management.
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FILING HISTORY OF HIGHLAND PARK FILINGS 1 AND 2
Filing 1: Highland Park has been developed in Phases or Filings. Filing 1, consisting of Lots 1-52,
inclusive, and Tract A (lying North of the Briargate Parkway right-of-way), and lies west of Cottonwood
Creek. Tract A is a small parcel that was separated from the rest of the property by the County-
mandated dedication of the Briargate Parkway road right-of-way. It is now owned by the HPA and could
be a future site for an augmentation well (if needed).
Filing 1-A: After recording the Filing 1 plat, an engineering change was made which required replatting
the N-S drainage area which runs from Briargate Parkway south through Filing 1. Large portions of the
drainage were excavated, and rock and landscaping fabric were installed prior to final grading and
reseeding to ensure stabilization of the drainageway. This change affected Lots 4, 5, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27,
33, 34, 39, 40, 45, and 46. While the boundaries of each lot remained unchanged, the location of the
large drainage easement was altered slightly on each affected lot. This replat is called Highland Park
Filing 1B, is simply a replat of Lots 16 and 17 in Filing 1. This replat adjusted the lot line between the
two lots to satisfy the County with regard to the minimum front building setback.
Filing 2: In 2003, the plat for Filing 2 was recorded. Filing two consists of Lots 53-119, inclusive, and
Tracts B, C and D. Lots 53-59 are located West of Cottonwood Creek, and the rest are East of the creek.
Tracts B and C are now owned by the HPA. Tract C runs from the Forestgate bridge north to the
easement for a future Briargate Parkway - about where the dam is located and includes our pond.
Tract B includes Cottonwood Creek and a narrow area on either side (south of the Forestgate bridge).
Tracts B and C are the Cottonwood Creek open space, which are owned by the HPA. El Paso County
will have a public trail easement through these Tracts to eventually connect their envisioned
Cottonwood Creek regional trail to the County-wide Santa Fe Trail system.
Tract D at he south end of Ben Tirran Ct. is reserved as possible future road right-of-way for Research
Parkway and is owned by Little London, LLC. If not so used, it will be replatted as a residential lot and
sold as such. The Research Parkway alignment has not been finalized by the County, so there is no
way of knowing with certainty whether or not Tract D will be affected.
UPDATE HIGHLAND PARK 3
The developer, Little London, LLC. , hoped to record and begin marketing Highland Park Filing 3 in
2007. Water issues and some platting issues had delayed its development. "Highland Park 3" was
developed by Little London LLC. If Little London requested that it be Filing 3 for Highland Park, it
would require annexation and approval from the HPA homeowners in Filing 1 an 2 for a covenant
amendment. There are no plans for this to occur.
It's access is via the north end of Lochwinnoch Ln. and Poco Rd. which connects to Vollmer.
Highland Park 3 on El paso County Assessor Site
Plat of Highland Park 3
BRIARGATE PARKWAY DEVELOPMENT
Little London, LLC has said in the past that they have no plans to build any of Briargate Parkway, and
will fight any request to do so. 60-120 feet of right of way for the road has or will be granted to the
County in each filing, so that if and when the County deems it necessary, the road can be built.
Currently, the County would have to acquire right of way from multiple other property owners in order
to get the full 120 feet of right of way it desires. There are large parcels of undeveloped land to the east
of Highland Park 3 that the County would have to get right of way from in order to build a road that goes
anywhere. If it does not go anywhere to the east of Highland Park 3, there is no reason to build it in
Highland Park Filing 1.
The portion of Briargate Parkway constructed from Black Forest Rd. east gives the subdivision to the
north, Eagle Wing Estates, a second access to Black Forest Rd.
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Facts and Location
History of the area
Update Highland Park 3
Briargate Parkway development