COLORADO CITY – The camp host at Greenhorn Meadows Campground is addressing criticism apparently directed at the condition of the park in a recent town hall meeting. According to posts from April 13 on the Facebook group Your Opinion Colorado City Co., Pueblo County Commissioner Chris Wiseman, who hosted the town hall, was critical of litter and signs of homelessness in the campground.
“I heard it through the grapevine, basically on Facebook, that (Wiseman) wasn’t happy,” said camp host Josh Briggs, who is also the Colorado City Parks and Recreation Director. Attempts by News 5 to reach Wiseman on Wednesday were unsuccessful. “I think the campground is a nice place,” Briggs said.
Briggs says there has not been any issue with homeless people camping at Greenhorn Meadows. “I don’t know if we actually have a homeless policy,” Briggs said. “We don’t ask people if they’re homeless when they come in, but it’s pay before you camp.” Briggs says the campground is divided into two sections: a section for RVs and campers and a section for tents.
Briggs says this is the first year in which Greenhorn Meadows has been open year-round, allowing the Parks and Recreation Department to bring in extra revenue, which Briggs says will be used to make cosmetic improvements throughout the campground, such as painting picnic tables or replacing them as necessary and renovations to the bath house. “It’s going to be a lot longer process than I want it to be to have the campground where it needs to be,” Briggs said.
Regarding trash and litter, Briggs says it is rarely an issue. “We do live in a very windy area with cliffs above us, so we do have debris that blows in from time to time,” Briggs said, “and people who won’t clean up after themselves.”