Monday, May 4, 2015

Another non-horsey neighborhood resists horses

Shocker, right?

This article is a few weeks old at this point, but I've been meaning to post it since I saw the headline:

Some Colorado Springs residents aim to stop Broadmoor's stable project

Anyone from the area knows that the Broadmoor is a Colorado landmark, a gorgeous hotel in Colorado Springs that's been there for over a hundred years now.  They have golf courses, restaurants, and basically all the luxuries of a top notch resort.  They'd like to add horseback rides to that list of luxuries, especially located where they are, but of course everyone in the neighborhood is complaining.

The resort is proposing to build a 5,100-square-foot stable, with restrooms and offices on property it bought in December at 707 Cresta Road, adjacent to the park's southern border. Plans show a stable that features a large porch across the north side, facing the park. It includes a paddock area to the east and corrals on the south. It would be built at least 55 feet from adjacent properties, a buffer required by city code.

In December, El Paso County officials approved a 20-year "facility use" permit allowing the resort to conduct rides into the 545-acre park in exchange for $18,000 a year for trail maintenance.
Seems pretty reasonable, right?  It'll be a well-maintained facility, for one thing, and the likelihood that it'll smell is pretty slim -- that would be off-putting for the ritzy guests that visit the hotel, after all.  And they'll be paying a pretty penny to balance out the damage to the park's trails.

Nonetheless,
"Agricultural zoning is not appropriate in the neighborhood," said Tammy Horner, a leader of the Friends of Bear Creek Regional Park. "An equestrian center is not a good fit. It's going to be miserable."
And even more hilariously:
 She said she fears manure will stink up the neighborhood, and horses will ruin park trails. Worse, she fears the center will be a late-night headache for neighbors as guests stay after their rides to enjoy loud campfire hoe-downs, parties, weddings and other events.

"Another concern is what happens if The Broadmoor sells it to someone who turns it into the Flying W Ranch with multiple campfires and guitars and things?" Horner said.
Gotta watch out for those guitars, I'm telling ya.  You know a neighborhood is going to pot when one of those shows up!

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