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With public and private entities coming together to fund a better Summit House (bit.ly/1dHxpLs), "America's Mountain" gets an upgrade.

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Kenton Lloyd of the west side is a teacher.

Have you heard about plans for a new Summit House atop Pikes Peak? No, not until now. But I think everything in El Paso County should be world-class. The new Garden of the Gods visitor center is amazing. They didn't increase their footprint, just utilized the space efficiently.

How important do you think it is to have something nice up there? For me, nothing at all would be the nicest thing. I climb 14ers, and to make that climb on your own feet is the best experience, and then you reach the top and you've got that solitude.

Is there one amenity you think is most important for the top of the mountain? Besides just leaving it natural, they should expand the medical services there. There should be a safety net with oxygen available and a defibrillator. Maybe there should be a nurse up there all the time. People who come here to visit from a lower elevation don't realize how tough it can be.

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Sheila Londo of the northwest side is a claims rep.

When's the last time you went to the top of the Peak? The last time I was up there was in 1998, and I guess for me once was enough. I remember thinking the Cog Railway is pretty expensive.

How important do you think it is to have something nice up there? Considering our tourism here, it would be beneficial. It's probably one of the biggest attractions.

Name one amenity you think is most important for the top of the mountain. The donuts are already the best, but maybe more food options and faster service.

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Sam Collup of Fountain is a stay-at-home puppy mom.

When's the last time you went to the top of the Peak? What do you remember about the summit? I've only been up there once, last August when we first moved here from Texas. The view is pretty, but other than that it's ugly because nothing grows up there. Some kind of art would be nice.

How important do you think it is to have something nice up there? I think it's important for a good first impression of the area. It was one of the first places I visited and that's probably true for a lot of people.

What do you think would be the toughest part of the construction job? Just getting the trucks up there, with the tight turns. I wouldn't want to drive an 18-wheeler up there.

Name one amenity you think is most important for the top of the mountain. Well, every place needs a bathroom.

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