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Re: “Visiting Hanging Lake? You may need to plan ahead.

Having lived in Colorado Springs a significant span of my life, I have seen firsthand the growing problems of overuse of many areas, including Garden of the Gods. From bumper to bumper parking and drive through, to too many people with no climbing experience doing dangerous moves on the rocks to the excessive litter that always comes with too many people. I remember the days of only dirt roads and a park that felt relaxed and spacious - those days are gone - sadly.

I get it though, needing to get away from metro life and experiencing nature. But are we - when were experiencing nature with so many people around? Even if it meant limited access for me (I used to run the park four days a week last time I lived there), I would support limited access or access by annual lottery style draws with each month limiting the number of people allowed to access the park(s) on a daily basis. I also believe that Colorado residents should be granted first access before other states or countries.

Its understood the parks need to generate income, but I believe its time to meet budget and forgo excess if possible. These parks need to be preserved for future generations to come. Limiting access and banning some people permanently for being destructive or trashing the parks (or strong fines) is a much needed practice for all our parks - city, state and national.

Everyone deserves to experience the wonders of our parks - but its no fun when its overcrowded and full of the trash many leave behind. I, for one, Love our parks. I dont look forward to being in them anymore the way I used to. I generally drive to more obscure locations not yet discovered by the masses.

I support establishing whatever measures help preserve our parks for the future, even if it means less availability for me or others like me. Im sure the support needed for considering new parks access measures will be there when the time comes to implement them.

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Posted by Winfried on 12/30/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Manitou business owners split on new kiosk system

Why not utilize the kiosks when tourism is in peak and not in late fall and winter for all the locals? Seems a win-win to me. Unless, of course, it's greed driving their use.

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Posted by Winfried on 01/03/2014 at 7:33 AM

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