Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pike Peak National Monument? Not so much.

The gazette reported today that a committee formed last month by U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn to examine making the mountain a national monument or some other federal designation decided after two meetings to to leave the status of the peak alone. It then disbanded.
While being a national monument — a status enjoyed by 70 other landmarks, including Devils Tower and Mount St. Helens — could bring in extra visitors and offer additional protection for the peak, the committee determined it would come with too too many strings attached.
Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small, a committee member, said the designation would have jeopardized popular events such as the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, and the operation of the Pikes Peak Highway.

So... we're back where we started. Many feel the summit house needs major help, both physically and culturally. But, with paving taking up much of the money generated by the toll road to the summit, there are few resources for any kind of fix.


Teleken said...

Time to tear down the summit house and replace it with only a decent bathroom for the drivers/climbers to use. Maybe leave the garage up for the AdAmAn club to hang in before the launch.

zen said...

I'd like to see an astronomical observatory, warming hut & bathrooms. Blow away the nazi bunker of doughnuts and tourist trinkets.

But seeing as how that's a loooong shot, if they do rebuilt the whole thing, I hope they add an environmental education component, and work to reduce their trash load.