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

Long before 1981 and advent of Airbnb...Colorado Springs was founded by General William Jackson Palmer as a tourist resort town.

The city has a long and colorful history that is steeped in tourism. The city was junction for 7 railways and railroads brought tourists here from across the U.S. and abroad attracted by the area's natural beauty and climate.

Funding for many of our parks that we enjoy today originally came from Spencer Penrose, William Jackson Palmer and Winfield Scott Stratton.

Garden of the God's was gifted to the city of Colorado Springs by the children of Charles Elliot Perkins in fulfillment of his wish that it remain open and free to the public. The key word is public. Not residents of Colorado Springs. Garden of the God's was gifted so that is may be enjoyed by the public. Can you imagine if that land were privately held and no one except the owner could enjoy the beauty of that park?

We are all fortunate to live here and should be mindful that tourists have been welcomed to Colorado Springs by many many generations before us...long before 1981, even before 1881.

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Posted by PikesPeaker on 05/16/2018 at 11:17 AM

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