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After many, many, hours of collaborative work among your board of directors, consultation with both the Rocky Mountain Regional Director from IMBA and our legal counsel, and two JCOS Open Houses, COMBA formally submitted our Position Statement regarding the recent public comment period for the Apex Park management review (aka "Opportunities to Improve Visitor Experiences at Apex Park"). We hope you'll take a moment to read it in its entirety here.

A very brief summary of points follows:

  • Apex Park is of significant importance to the Front Range mountain biking community for its terrain, location, and "upper" trail access by way of Lookout Mountain Road.
  • COMBA believes Apex Park to be largely unique among JCOS holdings, and subsequently any new or revised management policy should reflect its distinct nature. A traditional management approach that works well elsewhere may not be the best solution for Apex- where slope and gravity present fundamental challenges.
  • COMBA strongly suggests that outreach and education efforts toward common sense cooperation among trail users should be a first course of action before any major policy changes are considered.
  • Both trail design and speed differential between visitors contribute to the potential for user conflict.
  • Mountain bikers-as a user group-comprise the majority of visitors at Apex; likewise, Apex sees the highest percentage of cyclists of any JCOS park.
  • Mountain bikers are currently prohibited from recreating on approximately 20% of JCOS trails.
  • JCOS is currently reviewing management practices for Apex Park, based in part on a perceived increase in negative park experiences for users.
  • The most recent Visitor Survey data (2004) for Apex Park concludes that conflict is on the decrease- "significantly", in the case of weekend usage (as cited in the Apex Park Management Plan, 2009).
  • COMBA does not support Simple Alternating Use policy practices, such as is in effect at Centennial Cone, or any policy that excludes any user group entirely from any shared-use park.
  • "Greater good" consideration should be thoughtfully evaluated for majority stakeholders.
  • Congestion leads to conflict. Expansion of JCOS trail system is key as local population increases.

Please join us in attending the Open Space Advisory Committee this Thursday, July 2nd, at 7:00pm where Open Space staff will be summarizing public comment received in this process. It will be held at the Open Space Administrative Office, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401.

Please note that no action or determinations will be made at this meeting. COMBA has been told that decisions on Apex will be made later this fall, after JCOS has had a chance to review and consider all public comment. Still, your support and attendance at Thursday night's meeting can go a long way toward demonstrating to JCOS, and the members of OSAC, that mountain bikers make up the majority of users at Apex, feel strongly about this park, and most importantly -- offer reasonable and effective solutions to management issues that may exist.

You can read more about this matter and others we're working on at www.comba.org. Thank you.
 

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In the news today .....

COMBA said:
COMBA formally submitted our Position Statement regarding the recent public comment period for the Apex Park management review (aka "Opportunities to Improve Visitor Experiences at Apex Park"). We hope you'll take a moment to read it in its entirety here.
As you'll see, the Statement notes that JCOS' 2008 Master Plan acknowledges that "parks and open space go beyond providing an enjoyable experience to visitors; they increase the value of nearby properties, attract businesses and employees in search of a high quality of life, and invite tourists who boost recreational spending in the county…" and notes their benefits go even further by "reducing obesity and health care costs in the county by supporting exercise and recreation."

We know that mountain bikers enjoy the sport for the enhanced lifestyle and improved health it provides, and recognize cycling as a gateway sport attracting children and younger user-demographics to participate in healthy outdoor lifestyles at an early age.

Coincidentally enough, the AP reports today ....

Mississippi's still fattest but Alabama closing in



AFP/File - Obesity during early adulthood raises the chances that a person will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard, Ap Medical Writer
- 1 hr 32 mins ago

WASHINGTON - It's time for the nation's annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there's little good news. Obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year and didn't decline anywhere, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

And while the nation has long been bracing for a surge in Medicare as the boomers start turning 65, the new report makes clear that fat, not just age, will fuel much of those bills. In every state, the rate of obesity is higher among 55- to 64-year-olds - the oldest boomers - than among today's 65-and-beyond.

That translates into a coming jump of obese Medicare patients that ranges from 5.2 percent in New York to a high of 16.3 percent in Alabama, the report concluded. In Alabama, nearly 39 percent of the oldest boomers are obese.

Health economists once made the harsh financial calculation that the obese would save money by dying sooner, notes Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust, a nonprofit public health group. But more recent research instead suggests they live nearly as long but are much sicker for longer, requiring such costly interventions as knee replacements and diabetes care and dialysis. Studies show Medicare spends anywhere from $1,400 to $6,000 more annually on health care for an obese senior than for the non-obese.

"There isn't a magic bullet. We don't have a pill for it," said Levi, whose group is pushing for health reform legislation to include community-level programs that help people make healthier choices - like building sidewalks so people can walk their neighborhoods instead of drive, and providing healthier school lunches.

"It's not going to be solved in the doctor's office but in the community, where we change norms," Levi said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long said that nearly a third of Americans are obese. The Trust report uses somewhat more conservative CDC surveys for a closer state-by-state look. Among the findings:
  • Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity, 32.5 percent, for the fifth year in a row.
  • Three additional states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, including Alabama, 31.2 percent; West Virginia, 31.1 percent; and Tennessee, 30.2 percent.
  • Colorado had the lowest rate of obese adults, at 18.9 percent, followed by Massachusetts, 21.2 percent; and Connecticut, 21.3 percent.
  • Mississippi also had the highest rate of overweight and obese children, at 44.4 percent. It's followed by Arkansas, 37.5 percent; and Georgia, 37.3 percent.
  • Following Alabama, Michigan ranks No. 2 with the most obese 55- to 64-year-olds, 36 percent. Colorado has the lowest rate, 21.8 percent.
 

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I'll tell you my position on Apex....

 

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:eek: I want those....
 

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okay you two clowns... there are plenty of other threads to derail.
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(have either of you non-jeffco'ers ever even ridden apex??)
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Nickle said:
We're long overdue in correcting that, dontcha think??

Seriously though folks, come tomorrow night if you can. :thumbsup: If you think about it, this issue is bigger than user groups, and certainly bigger than Apex. Utlimately, this reivew is about effectively managing limited resources, and working to ensure equitable access to open space by the entire community that supports it and makes it possible.

Hmmmm ... I wouldn't doubt if beers will be had at Wrigley's shortly after the meeting if that helps any fence-sitters make up their mind ...
 

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Beers at Wrigley's? That settles it ... I'm in .... providing we get done with baseball practice in time;)
 
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