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The Hill

Dear Editor:

I love to run on Reservoir Hill. In the winter, I enjoy skiing its trails. And my parents still talk about the late afternoon walk we took on the hill during one of their recent summer visits. They were so impressed by such a beautiful park located so close to downtown. As they said, it seemed so Coloradan to them.

A good friend calls Reservoir Hill her “real” backyard. Given the tiny size of her own property lot, she uses the hill to walk, throw Frisbees, and push the stroller without having to worry about neighbors’ fence lines or nearby traffic.

One writer to The SUN recently called Reservoir Hill his own Walden Pond. I can just imagine the rejuvenation his soul must enjoy after spending an hour walking among the quiet pines on a sunny day. While some people slide into the hot springs for rest and relaxation, this man clearly prefers the solitude of the woods.

In today’s modern times, forested parks like Reservoir Hill are on the endangered species list. Mother Nature is just not creating new mountains within minutes of residential neighborhoods and downtown business districts. Once a place like Reservoir Hill is developed, it is gone forever. As the old saying goes, you have to defend a natural resource 100 times. You only get to lose it once.

I understand the lure of amusement rides to some tourists. But I also witness the importance of Reservoir Hill in my neighbors’ everyday lives. With so much on the line when it comes to the fate of the hill, I hope voters mark “yes” on the ballot on April 23. In so doing, they will ensure they get to decide whether the town builds roller coasters and chairlifts where walking trails and spruce trees now stand. Reservoir Hill is the people’s park. Shouldn’t its future be the people’s decision?

Matt Roane

This story was posted on April 18, 2013.
  • Monica W. Wamsley

    Well said, Matt.