Joleen Thompson 
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Re: “UPDATE: Council action on land swap delayed two weeks

Well said Rocky. How is it that Butterworth was given 10 minutes speaking as a "citizen"? Jackie's credibility? Hummm, over 5000 signatures opposed and growing, letters to Murray 40/1 against? Shame on the city for working behind closed doors for a year. More, shame on the city for dividing the open space community that has conquered mountains together. PUBLIC LAND BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE.

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Posted by Joleen Thompson on 04/26/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Skorman and Broadmoor boss get into it

Thank you Richard for your foresight and hard work, something missing with the city's. You have been an experienced and passionate open space advocate from the very beginning, working tirelessly as a leader. The Broadmoor wants the prime area that is the most attractive to the users. It currently is assessible to all ages and nearly all abilities (and is perfect for creating handicap access), a wonderful and true Nature experience for those that cannot hike the exchange parcels, be it physical or time limits. More, Strawberry Field's history of representing the people instead of Special Interests is very clear, as it was acquired solely to give the citizens an accessible and free wilderness experience after originally requiring a toll to use. That is why it was added to the park 130 years ago. Palmer's vision for our parks is being absolutely disrespected, manipulated and should be illegal. SF is being sold out under the guise of a trade and therefore the city says it is not protected. How telling the Broadmoor is happy to swap but not sell. It's about profit and gain regardless of the smoke and mirrors. How telling negotiations were done and a decision informally agreed upon long before the public was included. It is being pushed through at an alarming rate so the momentum of the opponents does not get too far. All or nothing does not work, comparing the acreage and appraisals is comparing apples and oranges with the intent to mislead the public . The city's intent, however misdirected, is transparent while the Broadmoor's is vague and changing with the tide in order to get their way. TOSC and now the Medicine Wheel's shift with the tide is dividing a community that belongs together with one voice, NO. Conquer and divide... It's working. It is time for a grassroots Strawberry Fields Forever.

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Posted by Joleen Thompson on 03/04/2016 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields in Cheyenne Cañon is on the table for a swap with The Broadmoor

In the beginning and for many years, the Broadmoor was an attraction (average tourist) and destination (the elite) for those coming to the beautiful Pikes Peak region. They embraced the locals with club membership and numerous activities for ALL to enjoy. That has changed. The resort is now exclusive of the community except for a select few that can afford the luxurious accommodations. Now they want to OWN Strawberry Fields to develop a horse stable for their exclusive use. It seems Emerald Valley Ranch (they will soon own rather than lease from the USFS if the current bill is passed in the House) is too far away, 8 miles, and Bear Creek Park is not enough of a "wilderness" experience for their equestrian guests.

Strawberry Fields is PUBLIC PARK land established over 130 years ago. It is in the city yet offers a wilderness experience unlike any other local park, due to its easy access and moderate terrain. It is a biodiverse home to a myriad of wildlife that has been forced into smaller and smaller spaces due to the exceptional and private development in the foothills that surround it. It is wonderful the Broadmoor had the financial resources to buy and repair Seven Falls (shame on Colorado Springs for not aquiring it!). However, not only have future generations lost an important part of local history and experience to special interests, the generations before have lost as well. Again, only a select few can afford the luxury that was once shared by all. Finally, the nearly empty buses running continually to and from, create extensive traffic for those on foot in their own park.

The nearly two for one acreage benefit proposed in the exchange is simply smoke and mirrors. Strawberry Fields is 190 acres of INTACT unique parkland, established more than a century ago by those that had the foresight to protect and preserve what would be destroyed by greed and special interests otherwise. The piecemeal acreage the Broadmoor is offering is a liability to as well as little if any use to the resort. The city should anticipate expenses on the Cog whether they own the land under it or not. The Broadmoor "declined" to renew the easement for the Incline to the city of Colorado Springs in 2012 and put up private property signs. That is what is commonly called posturing. Are they going to fence that small section of an international trail that brings millions of dollars to the local economy every year? The additional parcels have similar factors and too lengthy to address at this time.

In the past a gentleman's agreement was all that was necessary to solve these kind of easement issues, which are very common in the region. It is a matter of integrity and doing what is right. If the Broadmoor is not willing to share these varied and of little use to them, small parcels for the common good there are funds available to purchase them, but not at the expense (pun intended) of the existing park we fondly call Strawberry Fields.

This particular parcel of Cheyenne Canon could be like none other in any of the city parks for the disabled community. With a little creativity and work, the lower section of trail could be developed into a universal trail for a WILDERNESS experience for ALL instead of a wilderness experience for an elite few. Now that is a win/ win!

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Posted by Joleen Thompson on 02/10/2016 at 1:40 PM
Posted by Joleen Thompson on 02/10/2016 at 11:53 AM

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