P.S. I like the fact that Denver has an independent monitor to review cases of police abuse. There is probably zero chance that we could have anything like that because all these city leaders defend the police and feel they can do no wrong. If there has been no wrongdoing, than a Review Board or Independent Monitor would not be a threat.....
The saddest thing is that this is what goes for everyday business with the CO Springs Police Dept., not to mention EPC Sheriffs. You have no rights, brutality is common place, and most of the time they get away with it, no pay loss, no consequences. It has been my personal experience that most of these officers are bullies, and they escalate conflict unnecessarily because they are. A lot of situations could be defused without violence, without an arrest if the police officers would just control themselves and use common sense. But they know they can cover it up in their reports, and if not, internal affairs has their backs......
Bear Creek Park is a public park to be used and enjoyed by "we the people". It is not for sale to the highest corporate bidder, and commercial uses like this are not compatible with public enjoyment of their open spaces. Shame on our elected officials and parks director for peddling this arrangement to the Broadmoor. Thank goodness the company has come to the same realization that community members had months ago and realized the unsuitability of this location, and has acted to pull the plug before anyone was hurt or the park damaged from heavy commercial horse use. Hard to believe residential development in the future on this lot would not be preferable to a dirty, smelly commercial horse stable with an agricultural zone designation, that detracts from property values. Just look at the existing stable over there and see what an eyesore and environmental problem something like that can be, and this one would take the current problem and magnify it 3 times!
Thank you, Thom Andreas, well said. Thanks for calling out the father for his uncharitable, judgmental behavior and inaccurate misuse of loaded words. That guy is full of hate and condemnation, and he gives Christians a bad name.
"A few horses" is not how I would describe the Broadmoor's plan to build a commercial horse stable off of Cresta Rd. and Argus, and anyone like Marge who has a bucolic view of this project is really not aware of its impact on the neighborhood and on Bear Creek Park. There will be 20 horses stabled there, and the Broadmoor estimates 4-6 daily trail rides of up to 8 animals. In other words, it is pretty much a "corporate takeover" of the public park, accompanied by a 7 day per week commercial operation with manure, horseflies, smells, noise, etc. underneath a row of houses. This will not increase property values, and in fact, a down-zone to Agricultural will devalue homes in the area and rob the school district of much needed revenue. The former plan for 17 houses is dead, that fellow sold the land to the Broadmoor. Now lets fight the zone change and talk to Mr. Anschutz about donating the 8.5 acre lot to the park and keeping it as open space, an asset to all surrounding properties. I understand he is a very generous man and he would get a tax deduction, win-win!
Thank you, Roberta MacIntrye, for stating the obvious: our public parks are not for sale to the highest bidder, be it the Broadmoor or any other similar private enterprise. With all the resources that the Broadmoor has, they should be ashamed of themselves coming into the Skyway neighborhood and taking over the public park for their commercial trail rides. Of course they can pull it off, they have the wealth and influence to exert their will on the city, and no elected official has the guts to say NO to the Broadmoor. But they will do this at a loss to their reputation, and citizens will view them as the bullies like which they are acting. Thanks to the Indy for exposing their corporate greed.
Why does the Broadmoor have to come down into the community and take over our public park for their horses? There are so few places where the public can go and enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural outdoors. This plan is not "keeping the lot as open space," as neighbor Sandra Matthews says. It will be privately owned and developed. The only reason that she is such an "enthusiastic supporter" is because her property adjoins the stable land and that is her preference. But Residential Zoning better upholds the property values of the community, and really, what rational person would want a smelly, noisy commercial horse stable operation right underneath them? Commercial operations do not fit in residential areas, and this one in particular would "saddle" the community and the park next door with activities that have lots of impact and cause lots of disruption.
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