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Sat, Feb. 22

Letter: Irreplaceable treasure


Over the nearly seven decades of my life, I have been fortunate enough to have experienced much of the glorious scenery of our Southwestern states on foot with either a daypack or backpack for multi-day explorations. I have discovered time and again that God’s creation is simply awesome!

Since moving to Prescott 11 years ago, I have had ample opportunity to explore the Granite Dells both on and off the trails. I have found that this small area of Arizona is completely unlike anything I have ever seen previously. Its unique beauty and spectacular grandeur is without equal. The interplay of rounded, rust colored granite boulders, shimmering lakes, trickling creeks after rains and green, high desert vegetation with a backdrop of intensely blue skies and brilliant white clouds is literally breathtaking. And it’s all right here in our backyard!

Based on these experiences, I strongly feel that developing the northern portion of the Dells (the exquisite Point of Rocks area) with homes and a luxury resort would be a heartbreaking tragedy. Many fine neighborhoods and hotels can be built farther north without impinging on this very limited, amazing place. I urge you to please promote the preservation of this irreplaceable setting as a priceless regional park. This local park could easily rival Central Park in New York City. It would be a signature hallmark of both the city of Prescott and the entire state of Arizona. Future generations will be grateful for your foresight.

Michael Coffer, D.V.M.


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