Friday, May 13, 2016

Land swap opponents rally at Penrose House

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 3:47 PM

click to enlarge People who attended an outdoor recreation conference at Penrose House were greeted with a message form opponents of the city's proposed land swap. - PHOTOS BY PAM ZUBECK
  • Photos by Pam Zubeck
  • People who attended an outdoor recreation conference at Penrose House were greeted with a message form opponents of the city's proposed land swap.
Opponents to the city's land swap with The Broadmoor don't miss an opportunity to demonstrate their feelings about it.

Friday, a couple dozen gathered outside the gates of the Penrose House next to The Broadmoor to rally as attendees arrived at the Pikes Peak Recreation & Tourism Heritage Series event.
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The inaugural session was to focus on trails and open space; hence, the presence of the land swap opponents, who saw it as a chance to share their position with those who are entrenched in outdoor recreation. The event was hosted by El Pomar Foundation and the Trails and Open Space Coalition, which has given conditional approval to the land swap. Among the conditions are an open and transparent process.

Kent Obee, holding a sign saying "Save Cheyenne Cañon," said about a third of those driving past to attend the meeting gave the group a thumbs up. City Councilor Bill Murray, who has been critical of the proposal, leaned on his car horn as he passed, presumably in support of the demonstrators.

"This is not anti-El Pomar," Obee said. "This is just to raise awareness. All the people who go to the meeting should care about this."
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From the invitation:
Pikes Peak Recreation & Tourism Heritage Series is a program of El Pomar Foundation. It is intended to recognize, celebrate, and encourage the strong historical contributions of General Palmer, Spencer Penrose, El Pomar-Gaylord, Philip Anschutz and now a fourth generation of entrepreneurs in creating an astounding array of recreation and tourism dimensions focused on Pikes Peak. The Foundation wants to enhance public awareness of this vital part to our region's quality of life and diversified economy.
The first Heritage Series session focuses on trails and open space, both critical dimensions to our heritage and backyard recreation and tourism. It includes panelists reviewing our rich past, current complex mix of public and private assets, and promising future.
One man held a sign that said, "Hick-Help us!" Gov. John Hickenlooper was to attend, along with officials from Great Outdoors Colorado, Trust for Public Lands, Friends of the Peak, Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife.

Read the program here:

The city proposes to trade its Strawberry Fields open space and a half-acre parking lot at the base of the Manitou Incline to The Broadmoor in exchange for about 470 acres the resort owns comprised of wilderness property around Mount Muscoco and trail easements at the incline, Barr Trail and the Chamberlain Trail.

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