THE GAZETTE’S RACHEL RILEY recently outlined the scenario that we were all presented with last week—this proposed bike park on the current site of the existing Pikeview Quarry (“The Scar”). Riley highlights some clear problems with Transit Mix’s proposal, mainly that the site itself has a worrisome history of geologic instability, is prone to landslides, and has “what the Colorado Geological Survey has called ‘a history of slope failures and rockslides’ dating back to the 1970s, according to a 2009 report. The site is located in an area susceptible to landslides, a map produced by the Survey shows, and has experienced slope failures as recently as 2015.”
In her article, she vividly recalls two massive and recent rockslides at the site, one in 2008 and one in 2015. The 2008 event involved 2 MILLION TONS of rock crashing down the steep slopes, dangerously putting the lives of the men and women who worked at the quarry at risk. Riley also quotes Richard Skorman, local businessman and president of the Colorado Springs City Council, who recently came out in an EDITORIAL against the quarry proposed by Transit Mix on the Hitch Rack Ranch.
Skorman points out that any proposed “world class bike park” would be owned and managed by the city of Colorado Springs, and with its history of landslides and geologic stability, could be a potentially disastrous, ticking time-bomb. “There’s so many risks involved with having a public park on any area that’s unstable,” said City Council President Richard Skorman, a vocal opponent of the proposed new quarry. “I wouldn’t want that liability.”
We recognize this “bike park” proposed by Transit Mix as what it truly is, a red-herring; a potentially shiny, surreptitious and misleading public relations ploy to distract from the very real, very troublesome issues inherent in their new, proposed quarry on the Hitch Rack Ranch. They’ve sullied and destroyed multiple locations along our Front Range, most recently with the dangerous and unstable Pikeview Quarry. Let’s not let them do this again—for something as trivial and common as gravel.
Take a look at the Gazette’s original article HERE.