Monday, April 27, 2015

The Broadmoor's stables project put on ice

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Neighbors opposed to The Broadmoor's plan to operate horseback rides through Bear Creek Regional Park were thrilled over the weekend to learn the resort is backing away from the plan.
click to enlarge This road would lead to the stables site. - CASEY BRADLEY GENT
  • Casey Bradley Gent
  • This road would lead to the stables site.

Here's the email to the city planning department from Broadmoor board chairman Steve Bartolin:
April 24, 2015

Mike Schultz
Senior Planner
Planning & Development Department/Land Use Review Division
City of Colorado Springs

Via email: mdschultz@springsgov.com

I want to thank you, Mike, and the City Planning Department for all your help with our efforts to develop an equestrian center on the property we own adjacent to Bear Creek Park, coupled with a Use Permit for the trails within the park itself. I realize that you have been subject to a good deal of public pressure from park users and neighbors. Oddly, the homeowners directly around the equestrian center itself are supportive of the project.

We have slowed down our permitting process with City for the past few weeks and I would like to take this opportunity to explain why. We had a market research project underway, bringing in two focus groups which consisted of meeting planners and Broadmoor leisure guests. The purpose was to get customer input, feedback and ideas on the offerings within our newly developed Broadmoor Wilderness Experience. We now have the results and the feedback was pretty much uniform between both the meeting planner group and the leisure travelers. Cloud Camp, The Ranch at Emerald Valley, our new Fishing Camp and what we are doing at Seven Falls all rated very high in terms of uniqueness, the quality of the offering and, most importantly, the authenticity of the experience. The one area that did not rate well was the equestrian development at Bear Creek Park. While the design of the facility was well received there was an general consensus that the riding experience that would be offered within the park itself did not measure up with our other offerings in terms of authenticity and the esthetic equestrian experience people would expect coming to Colorado. They felt that the park itself was very lovely but felt more of a wilderness setting would be most desirable. Based on this feedback, we are going to postpone the permitting process for the time being to give us the opportunity to evaluate alternatives.

I don’t think any business could find better support than we have from the City staff. Please know how grateful we are.

Sincerely,

Steve

Stephen Bartolin, Jr.
Chairman
That doesn't mean the proposal might not return in some new form, however. The Broadmoor spent $1 million buying the 8.6-acre site, after all. So stay tuned.

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