This may be the first time I've disagreed with anything Mr. Falcone has written, but in this case I don't think Colorado Springs should be faulted in this case:
The way that people use parks (and recreate in general) has changed dramatically over time - Garden of the Gods used to have observation platforms drilled into several of the rock formations, there used to be a dance/picnic pavilion just below Cheyenne Canyon, and much of Monument Valley Park goes unused because it was designed for the way people liked to stroll in the 1890's. On the positive side, the city hasn't actually stopped keeping up with some of the recent trends, we have do have BMX/Freestyle/DJ bike parks, Pickleball courts, frisbee golf courses, and modern playgrounds in the most popular parks.
The kind of development currently taking place in Castle Rock is a very modern kind of style based on the way people currently want to use parks (as outdoor fitness centers heavy on the equipment). How much do you want to bet that all the things they're putting in now will still be popular in 30 years when trends have changed again? If anything, Colorado Springs is incredibly fortunate that our current park system is open, simple, and adaptable. We have our many neighborhood parks and some fantastic open spaces which have retained their charm and utility for many decades even if they lack the latest fancy amenities.
If the city is to be faulted for anything, it's that the further south and further east you go, the amount of space set aside as parkland decreases and parks are often isolated instead of being part of a more continuous system - but those are flaws associated with the sprawling development, not specifically the result of a failure to seek out more public-private park development. Yes, we need more parks, and yes, the parks need more funding to preserve what we already have (have you seen the erosion occurring in north Pulpit Rock O.S. caused by inadequate stormwater drainage?), but building fancy new facilities in select public parks isn't going to save the system - in fact it might actually draw off funds that could be used better elsewhere.
America has been conned by the PT Barnum of our time. Promising both sides they will get what they want is the mantra of a true huxter and many in this country fell for it hook line and sinker. Now as he pushes an agenda that endangers everything this country stands for as he sweetens the flow of cash back to the 1% he is a member of. How can anyone even think this man is honest on any level when he has spent his whole life cheating and disenfranchising thousands of people to amass his ill gotten fortune. Now to keep prying eyes from reporting the depth of his corruption he holds the press and media at arms length while pumping lies out at a rate that is staggering to anyone who still has a sense of what is ethical and good. Yeah I got the message that you don't like Hillary but to put this mentally ill bag of wind in charge of the nuclear codes is nothing short of suicide.
To be on Lamborn's list of approved voters one must be GOP, have contributed to his campaign of terror and must not be angry about any of the mindless legislation he either fostered or rubberstamped. He knows in his heart of hearts that the GOP majority of the CS area will undoubtedly continue to vote against their own self interest to keep his corrupt keaster in office until the cows come home. SAD
When people invade a barren land, they are called pioneers, not immigrants. The Native Americans who inhabited this land before it was "discovered" by Europeans, were pioneers.
The Europeans who invaded and settled here were not immigrants either. They were colonists and conquerors. In fact, they could be characterized as "illegal aliens," as they never bothered to participate in any native rituals that would have made them official members of one of the many Native American tribes. True to the modern stereotype, the illegals formed gangs, introduced alcohol (that is, mind-altering drugs) into the community, and terrorized the indigenous citizenry with impunity.
Such a good point..Disrespecting the environment isn't exclusive to the homeless population.
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