Jason R 
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Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

Open to the public does not translate to unlimited access. Restrictions already apply - for example, you may not enter the areas near the major rock formations unless you are a climber with a permit. Most reasonable people agree that this is both necessary and reasonable to preserve the park.

To quote RMFI:

"Given the park's relatively small size (1,300 acres), the visitation density far surpasses any similar site in the region. Decades of high use have taken a heavy toll on the park, leaving the natural integrity of the Garden of the Gods at serious risk."

During peak season, the parking already available fills the park to densities that feel more like a music festival than natural park. Are we meant to accommodate even more guests, even if this means sacrificing more valuable land to cars? What about our duty to protect and preserve the Garden for future generations?

In my opinion, far too much ground has already been given up. This is one of the most beautiful sites on earth, and yet we feel obligated to let loud, polluting cars (and motorcycles) idle through it while the drivers take shots for instagram from behind the wheel. The central garden is paved over and plaques bolted to the beautiful sandstone! Rather than pave another parking lot over our paradise, maybe it's time to consider that cars aren't people, and nobody guaranteed vehicles the right to go anywhere in the Garden.

Dig up that ugly blacktop and let the people enjoy their Garden.

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Posted by Jason R on 05/17/2018 at 3:19 PM

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