Lara Rowell I don't know if you read the whole property swap deal. It isn't for 8,.5 acres, more like 390. The tiny porting adjacent to Ber Creek Park east isn't even a large portion of the swap.
I understand not wanting to give up any public lands despite the gain of over 2 to 1 in acerage, the continuations of the southern trail loop and protection of the inkling and barr trails. However, we really need to focus on what is the greater good. After all we have been putting up with yearly and sometimes constant repairs of the water mains and road that runs from what should have been the treatment plant for the Canyon and Broadmoor but now pumps to the mesa treatment plant and back. The ground is unstable and the pipes are constantly breaking down. However that is the price we've been paying to keep that part of the Stratton Open space open space. In this case I fail to see the issue. the Majority of the acreage in Strawberry Fields is steep and unusable, so the backdrop should remain the same. I think what needs to be hashed out are the details and public access for hiking which I'm sure could be settled.
391 acres for 190 is a good deal given what we get. While it would be nice to belive the broadmoor might donate the whole thing that isn't how business works.
I would rather have access to trails, complete the southern loop and still have access to the parks which I'm sure could be negotiated.
However this is a golden opportunity and would not be tossed away without a thorough look.
It is truly a shame to see this small attraction go away due to some people who seem to believe Bear Creek Park should be their own private reserve, rather than a beautiful regional park, one of which has a long history of horses. The hysteria by people who would be minimally impacted by this was over the top. Should this lovely piece of property be developed into housing, the impact to the park and adjacent neighborhood will be far greater, and far more negative than a small, well maintained stable.
I have to wonder what other obstacles Ms Mullen resents having to stop for on Cresta Rd, Elementary school picnics, preschoolers crossing at Argus for nature walks, the lights at Argus and Rio Grande? I would expect if horses are crossing Cresta they would be using the lights as any other person crossing Cresta would be doing. Bear Creek park has multiuse trails which include horses and has homes and property surrounding it which has historically been horse property.
I for one am quite happy to see a small stable rather than another housing development on unstable ground, which puts all of us as taxpayers at risk of another law suit fo permitting such developments, Certainly that would be a much higher traffic hazard on Cresta than a few horses
Now we need a CSU board that would start offering ideas, maybe something along the lines of offering solar financing for rooftops, and making us a demonstration of how to drop the carbon footprint, stead of continiuing to contribute to it. RTS, netmetering, and simple conservation moves, such as led streetilights, could help us become a carbon sink instead of carbon spewers; make money for csu on interest, and allow us to harden our grid to become independent when surges from other cities start rolling.
While this is happening, why doesn't the CSU board look into financing rooftop solar on every home in the Springs that wants to participate? We have an opportunity to make money, phase out the coal fired plants, and put the interest money into hardening our part of the grid, while reducing our carbon footprint, and even prove solar as a viable electrical sale to oter utilities off of our grid.
Until we have our backlog of infrastructure cleared......
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