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The great escape 

Area trail systems and recreational spaces are prey to growing hordes of hikers, joggers and bikers and to use by for-profit businesses. The adjacent roads and parking lots are clogged with cars. It's getting harder and harder "to get away from it all."
click to enlarge Matt Fitzpatrick -  - Peterson AFB area -  - Teleconferencing operator -  - What do you do for recreation? Usually hike up - Barr Trail. I also play my guitar at Acacia Park and - karaoke with my friends on the east side of town. -  - Are our parks and recreation areas getting - overcrowded? I've noticed tons of runners on Barr - Trail on weekends. They run up the Incline and then - down Barr Trail. -  - Should access be limited? Part of me wishes it - could be, but I don't see how. It's public use. -  - Should for-profit businesses conduct their - operations on public trails and rivers? People - should be able to walk around and hike without having - to keep getting out of the way of horseback-riding - companies. -  - Should pets be limited? Pets need to be - leashed, and owners should have to clean up after their - pets and animals, horses included. Animal dung gets - pretty nasty at places on Barr Trail.
  • Matt Fitzpatrick

    Peterson AFB area

    Teleconferencing operator

    What do you do for recreation? Usually hike up Barr Trail. I also play my guitar at Acacia Park and karaoke with my friends on the east side of town.

    Are our parks and recreation areas getting overcrowded? I've noticed tons of runners on Barr Trail on weekends. They run up the Incline and then down Barr Trail.

    Should access be limited? Part of me wishes it could be, but I don't see how. It's public use.

    Should for-profit businesses conduct their operations on public trails and rivers? People should be able to walk around and hike without having to keep getting out of the way of horseback-riding companies.

    Should pets be limited? Pets need to be leashed, and owners should have to clean up after their pets and animals, horses included. Animal dung gets pretty nasty at places on Barr Trail.

click to enlarge Maddy Tormoen -  - Central -  - Division of Youth Corrections -  - What do you do for recreation? I used to be a - competitive runner and cyclist, but a heart condition is - forcing me to learn new ways of recreating. I'm trying - out golf, and I hike and walk my dog a lot. -  - Are our recreation areas overcrowded? I like to - see people get outside and enjoy the outdoors, but some - places are probably overused. They might need to be - shut off or limited in some way so they can recover. -  - Should animals be allowed? Yes, but they - should be on a leash, and people should have to clean - up after their pets. -  - Is use by business entities problematic? - Rafting businesses dominate some river areas, and I've - been running into strings of horses from a nearby stable - at Garden of the Gods. They should have to help - maintain the trails, keep them clean, and use them in a - way that doesn't interfere with public use.
  • Maddy Tormoen

    Central

    Division of Youth Corrections

    What do you do for recreation? I used to be a competitive runner and cyclist, but a heart condition is forcing me to learn new ways of recreating. I'm trying out golf, and I hike and walk my dog a lot.

    Are our recreation areas overcrowded? I like to see people get outside and enjoy the outdoors, but some places are probably overused. They might need to be shut off or limited in some way so they can recover.

    Should animals be allowed? Yes, but they should be on a leash, and people should have to clean up after their pets.

    Is use by business entities problematic? Rafting businesses dominate some river areas, and I've been running into strings of horses from a nearby stable at Garden of the Gods. They should have to help maintain the trails, keep them clean, and use them in a way that doesn't interfere with public use.

click to enlarge Karen Lee -  - Manitou Springs -  - Waitress and gardener -  - What do you do for outdoor recreation? Mostly - hiking and rock climbing. Is overcrowding - an issue? You go to a recreation area instead of - going downtown in order to get away from people and - enjoy nature in solitude. You can't do that if everyone - else is doing it, too. There probably needs to be some - sort of restructuring. -  - Should access be limited? That's one solution, - but it kind of defeats the purpose of public parks: being - able to go when you want. -  - Should trail use by for-profit businesses be - curtailed? Some sort of control is needed. I've seen - a substantial increase of horseback-riding businesses on - Garden of the Gods trails.
  • Karen Lee

    Manitou Springs

    Waitress and gardener

    What do you do for outdoor recreation? Mostly hiking and rock climbing. Is overcrowding an issue? You go to a recreation area instead of going downtown in order to get away from people and enjoy nature in solitude. You can't do that if everyone else is doing it, too. There probably needs to be some sort of restructuring.

    Should access be limited? That's one solution, but it kind of defeats the purpose of public parks: being able to go when you want.

    Should trail use by for-profit businesses be curtailed? Some sort of control is needed. I've seen a substantial increase of horseback-riding businesses on Garden of the Gods trails.

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