Letter: Reconsider lighting up the mountain
I may be old-fashioned but I have always wanted natural beauty to remain natural. So, years ago when I heard talk of the Fairy Caves being developed, I was very concerned. The caves and Iron Mountain are an amazingly beautiful and sacred gift. I was against the development, but was reassured when it seemed like it was going to be done in an environmentally sensitive way.
Steps were taken when putting up the poles for the tram to not disrupt the land, and I believed the plan was to minimize the visual impact the development would create. Wow, a few short years later, we have a carnival on top of the mountain with half a million lights.
I am saddened when I look up and see the amusement park and now so disappointed that our beautiful night sky was not protected.
I realize Glenwood is a tourist town and needs attractions to serve the tourist. I realize the Adventure Park has provided jobs and has done great things like collecting food for LIFT-UP. And I believe there is a way to do all those good things while still protecting the natural beauty that this area has been blessed with.
I would ask the Adventure Park to reconsider the decision to light up the mountainside and to make decisions regarding future growth with more sensitivity to protecting the natural beauty that is/was present on that mountain. I would ask the county commissioners and City Council to please use the regulations that have been approved to protect our natural beauty. If you share these concerns, please speak up before we lose even more of what we love about this place.
Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone … they tram paradise and put up a carnival.
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