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Old 03-31-2021, 06:57 AM
 
Location: COS > Suwanee GA
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Over the 11 years we lived in COLO SPGS I had interactions with the planners down at the Parks board. It isn't for lack of desire on their part to build the parks the city needs, it's a huge lack of funding which gets me back to TABOR as the root of all evil. Good parks make for a civilized city but the anti-tax crowd still has a majority in the city and until that changes there will precious little done 'for the people.'
And that's what's noticeable here in Atlanta, it's not like there's something inherent to the area which makes parks easier (well outside of not having to irrigate them ), but the trails just have had more work done to them and they are actively adding trails, there's just more money being allocated there. And they are mostly all Gwinnett county parks, not state or federal.

It's a bummer for the Springs though because if they don't invest in the selling point of the area, people will eventually vocalize the excessive crowds (and potential bike person incidents) and that will hurt the area.
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Old 04-17-2021, 06:54 PM
 
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I think ebikes are great ! It allows more taxpayers access to the trails they pay for. Furthermore, it allows people with disabilities to have access (again what they are paying for). Why should pedal only users exclusive access to the fruits of my taxes ?
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Old 04-20-2021, 11:17 PM
 
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And that's what's noticeable here in Atlanta, it's not like there's something inherent to the area which makes parks easier (well outside of not having to irrigate them ), but the trails just have had more work done to them and they are actively adding trails, there's just more money being allocated there. And they are mostly all Gwinnett county parks, not state or federal.

It's a bummer for the Springs though because if they don't invest in the selling point of the area, people will eventually vocalize the excessive crowds (and potential bike person incidents) and that will hurt the area.
If we're talking city parks (MVP, America the Beautiful, memorial) I'd agree, they under perform when compared to other cities parks. The open spaces (red rocks, NCC, ABOS) here have huge potential, and in my opinion offer the best access of any city in the US. There have also been strides made to reduce some user conflict such a user designated trails. Obviously with more money things could be sped up, but lot of work is done by volunteer/non-profit groups.
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:52 AM
 
Location: COS > Suwanee GA
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If we're talking city parks (MVP, America the Beautiful, memorial) I'd agree, they under perform when compared to other cities parks. The open spaces (red rocks, NCC, ABOS) here have huge potential, and in my opinion offer the best access of any city in the US. There have also been strides made to reduce some user conflict such a user designated trails. Obviously with more money things could be sped up, but lot of work is done by volunteer/non-profit groups.
The rocks are indeed cool with really unique settings, but more work could be done with access points, trail creation, and trail maintenance. It's kind of surprising down here in GA how much more systematized and maintained the trails are. In a certain sense, the shortage of available land forces them to do better with the public spaces available.

Volunteers are great, but if there's paid staff, they can produce a lot more. The reason I think they should do more is that the existing trails were good for yesterdays hike and bike population, but that number has increased rapidly recently and the parks are behind the curve. Really the big places COS could add trails are around Cheyenne Mountain and Mt. Herman, and both of those are progressing at pretty slow paces.
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Old 04-22-2021, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Ahh, but that gets us back to the whole "I don't use it, I don't want to pay for it, I'm not going to approve funds for it" mentality among the Cos voter base. It is slowly turning, but the key word is slow.
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Old Today, 08:40 AM
 
Location: COS > Suwanee GA
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Ahh, but that gets us back to the whole "I don't use it, I don't want to pay for it, I'm not going to approve funds for it" mentality among the Cos voter base. It is slowly turning, but the key word is slow.
I hope 2020 was a watershed period because the sudden burst of people showed how underbuilt the outdoor infrastructure is for a city that uses it as one of their main selling points.
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