Residents supporting Topgolf, the environment, and quality of life.
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Topgolf would be a great benefit to Thornton. We welcome additional entertainment opportunities, and the potential for additional revenue to our town.
However!! The currently planned location is wrong for this entertainment complex. It is a zoning violation to have a Commercial Amusement, outside, in a Business Park, it will have a detrimental effect on wildlife, and it will have a negative impact on many resident's quality of life.
There are documented Bald Eagles, Big Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, and other raptors and birds who nest, mate and hunt in and around Thorncreek Commons. The up to 170 foot tall, nearly invisible netting will be a hazard to these birds, which will get caught in the netting (as witnessed by a resident to the Centennial facility). The 24/7 lights will disrupt the bird's hunting and mating habits as well as attract birds to fly towards the lights, whereby they will get caught in the netting. The increased noise (DJ from 9 am to 2 am every day, roof top terrace with DJ and/or live bands (outdoor nightclub), over 600 people in hitting bays cheering and partying from 9 am to 2 am every day of the year) will disrupt mating and hunting for all wildlife in the area.
Big Dry Creek is running through Thorncreek Commons (I25 and 136th Avenue). This area has been designated a Wildlife Crossing area by CDOT. Wildlife is and will continue to travel along Big Dry Creek -- which is being restored south and north of the property in question -- and the expansive netting and the constant lights and noise will be detrimental for the environment (protected birds and protected plants).
Topgolf encourages a party atmosphere with fun, music and drinking. As much of the activity takes place outside, residents will be negatively impacted by the constant light and additional noise from music and people cheering/partying.
We therefore strongly encourage the city to continue enticing Topgolf to come to Thornton, however, to a location which is suited for the entertainment complex - a location where Commercial Amusement, outside, is not a zoning violation, and which will not have a detrimental effect on the environment and nearby resident's quality of life.
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