Local resident Carey Pelto
, who's a doctor and a medical illustrator, crafted this cartoon amid the angst over whether the city should trade its 189-acre Strawberry Fields
open space for more than 400 acres of land owned by The Broadmoor
, including portions of Barr Trail, the Manitou Incline, acreage around Mount Muscoco and easements for other trails.
The cartoon made the rounds during the Parks Advisory Board
meeting on Thursday that, after 10 hours, ended with a vote of 6-3 in favor of the exchange. Members Alex Johnson, Charles Castle and Scot Hume
voted against it.
Here's Pelto's take on the proposal: "I'm a concerned Broadmoor area resident that uses Cheyenne Cañon almost on a daily basis. You can say I don't consider The Broadmoor to be the evil empire, and have supported it in the past. But this is way, way, way wrong, and I think the city is being railroaded. Citizens don't really know what is going on. The Broadmoor with their financial motives, the truth is being buried. This is going to make it harder and harder for people to get to a wilderness area. It enrages me...."
City Council is to be briefed for a second time the week of April 25, after which its decision is expected in May.