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Would you please reply to the previous comments and questions. I'm wanting to make some of this :)
Coming back into this discussion late - Master Planning is in progress and the lawsuit is awaiting consideration in the Colorado State Court of Appeals. Not one audience voice at the first Master Planning meeting put together by Broadmoor-hired NES, was from someone who supported the land swap. So who exactly was in favor of the swap and now gives a hoot about this property? Looks like no one - except those who stand to make money from its development one way or another. Jim Davies - were you were? Sandmarc - were you there?
There were almost 200 folks in the audience and to a man they are all still vitally interested in that land and how it is used. Jack Damioli, Karen Palus, Steve Schuck? Their pre-programmed sales job is done and done. No longer care .... not there. Next please?
You are so right. Yeah, I get it.."shouldn't go to jail, and jail is supposed to be uncomfortable"..All that BS. First, they WANT you to be malnourished, and weak and underfed.I once lost 15lbs in a week in county jail,the guards are pussies,intimidated and WANT u skinny, weak and easy to physically dominate. Plus 100 percent on point about these private food companies that DELIBERATELY feed SHIT for the required meal, so you will buy top ramen from them for over a dollar a pack (.15 cents in a store). Crooks,Crooks, Crooks.Should be procecuted, and put in jail themselves..See how it feels.Despicable excuses for human beings. Disgusting pieces of slime that don't deserve their own freedom.
Thank you Bob.
Great post, Bob. I recently wrote about the same topic after reading Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods".
Bob, thanks for your blog. What jumps out at me is Castle Rock's willingness to invest in a park - significantly, and make it a "budget priority." They get it! I've visited this park on a weekend and it's packed with active people. You better believe realtors are bringing out of town perspective buyers to see this park. I'm sure business leaders are doing the same with companies considering relocation.
I'm not saying we need to build a new $30 million dollar park. But we need to invest more in what makes this community great - our parks!
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.
Directly out of the theology of wealth playbook. A belief practiced by many Evengelicals that to justify their money.
Cities and counties shouldn't be taking on DEBT to build parks.
I am sad to observe that there doesn't seem to be a town or city in Colorado which doesn't far exceed Colorado Springs in this regard. And that despite the fact that in terms of natural gifts of nature, Colorado Springs is the most blessed. It's all about the leadership. And luckily for us, that is subject to replacement and change. Vote.
I was enjoying the plains and then saw and heard these giant oil rigs that smelt bad... Drones aren't really a problem. The few times I've seen a drone flying above me, I thought, " Wow cool, a drone!"; not, " STUPID INCONSIDERATE PUNKS TRYING TO RUIN MY TIME!!!".
I'd say, unless the pilot is being irresponsible or intentionally trying to disturb someone, let them be. If you're out to enjoy the outdoors, you'll be out there for more than 25 minutes, which is the battery life on those things.
Get over yourself.
I am 62 years old and have been awarded a life time National Parks Pass for a $10.00 one time fee. Why can't States do this for Seniors as well? Haven't we paid full price long enough to warrant a little consideration. I really would like to know who the State Parks need to thank for younger generations being interested in the great outdoors? I think it is we the senior generation...Just saying!!!
We live in a culture of instant gratification. For many, it is hard to accept that after five years, Waldo Canyon is still off limits and might be for quite some time. But you can't rush Mother Nature. As the article states, "human activity in the canyon can also disturb the fragile eco-systems, further inhibiting the recovery of the canyon." The revegetation of Waldo Canyon should always supercede the public's *desire* to hike there.
It's not only the unstable soil/sediment that poses a hazard, but now the tress have become unstable. The tops and whole tress are now falling & breaking when there are high winds. I've seen tops falling off & trees falling over at the roots that are now rotting. Any trails in the burn area would need trees cut up to 100 feet on either side of the trail so that hikers are safe. Rebuilding a trail on unstable soil also posses issues. Without ground cover the soil sloughs very easily and would require a lot of trail maintenance. I'm seeing all these issues at the Flying W Ranch were I built a 6,000 LF equestrian trail for a waterline. I understand people want to hike in Waldo Canyon, but be patient & let the regrowth help stabilize the soil. I've been in Waldo Canyon do mitigation, and have see the devastation.
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I have no problem believing it was a joke. The social and political climate in the 1980s was nothing like it is today. Back then, it was cool to be left wing--further left than the liberals in the Democratic Party. The further to the left, the cooler.
One of the sadder aspects of the times was a propensity to call anyone with even moderately conservative views, a fascist. It should not be surprising that victims of this name calling would adopt the label as a backhanded compliment.
Furthermore, no real fascist organization ever operates under its true identity. They adopt mild names like "Alt Right," because they know no decent person will give a second look if they use words like fascist, nazi, or racist in their names.
I was physically assaulted by an officer there. I have pictures and a formal statement. Do I need to file a sf 95 first?
Discovery "news" is theocratic propoganda. It wouldn't pass a basic 6th grade level quality test for website reliability. The people publishing this psuedo-scientific garbage are not scientists. It's a guy named Chuck Anderson (no scientific credentials) publishing out of his basement- a clear sign of how desperate the evangelical movement has become. If seen in public, grab this cultist crap and throw it in the trash- where it belongs.
Joke? And it was allowed to be printed in the official school yearbook? Where was the faculty or administrative review? This is another attempt to hide the truth and make light of questionable behavior by chalking it up to youthful pranks. If it was a prank than Mr. Gorsuch should make a public apology for his actions - just to clear the air....
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