Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Location: Jefferson County, Colorado
|Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:56 pm Post subject: UPDATE - Horse Trails @ Cherry Creek State Park
|UPDATE: Park officials vote to downsize area for off-leash dog parks:
see 9NEWS article for further details at:
From the Colorado Horse Council:
It's your heritage. It's your history.
Your horse trail system at Cherry Creek State Park is under siege.
You can make a difference today. Join your fellow horsemen and women and let the Colorado Board of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (Parks Board) know that you want to continue to enjoy the state parks in a safe and secure environment for you and your horse.
The Colorado Horse Council promotes a healthy respect for everyone
The Parks Board has put forth a positive and effective alternative that would insure all users of the park are protected. The proposals include a fenced-off 83 acre area for the off-leash dogs.
Click Here http://parks.state.co.us/SiteCollectionImages/parks/Landing/DOLA/CherryCreek-PreferredAlternatives.pdf
to view Design Alternative A which takes into account the wetlands and limits exposure to Parker Road.
Please Review the proposal for yourself.
They must Hear your Voice
For more information on the proposals Click Here http://parks.state.co.us/dogtraining/Pages/Review.aspx
The Colorado Off-Leash Dog Association (COLDA) is adamantly opposed to compromise. COLDA is pushing for the Parks Board to sanction 108 acres of Cherry Creek State Park as an unfenced off-leash dog area effectively jeopardizing the safety and security for any horse riders from conflicts with loose dogs.
Here is how you can get Involved
Immediately email the Parks Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your support for their reasonable proposal of Design Alternative A to provide an 83 acre area for the dog off leash users (www.colda.org) and preserve the remainder of the park for multi-use including safe horse trails where riders don't have to worry about loose dogs creating hazards for the horseback riders.
Currently all of the state's 44 parks do not sanction off-leash areas for dog owners including Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park. This is a precedent setting issue. At the last hearing only 2% of the public responded.
COLDA is also mobilizing members to fight for their proposal which would effectively overrun any specified horse trail area.
How will you let your voice be heard?