Mobile home park residents forced to take down fences, jeopardizing safety of children, pets

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Residents said managers at a mobile home community are putting children and pets’ safety at risk by forcing them to take down fences.

Residents at Front Range Manufactured Housing Community (2885 E. Midway Blvd.) were told if they don’t remove the fences, managers will take them out and bill the residents.

Residents said they received notices months ago alerting them the fences must meet specified guidelines.

This week, residents said they received notices the fences must be removed in the next five days or they’ll be taken down at their expense, even though the fences comply with guidelines.

“I guess they want a fence-free community,” resident Roland Danford said.

Danford, 94, is a World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor with limited mobility and limited funds.

He said taking down the fence isn’t physically possible for him, but he doesn’t have money to cover the costs of managers removing it.

“However much it is is too damn much for me. I kind of struggle to make it anyway,” Danford said. “Social Security isn't that good, you know? And I get little carpenter's pension and I get a little from the Veterans Administration.”

He installed the fence 40 years ago. While it’s old, Danford has kept it looking new by keeping it well maintained.

“I’m going to wait for them because I can't do it. I’m lucky to stand up half the time if I don't use this walker to stand on,” Danford said.

Neighbors have also been fighting to keep their fences up. Residents said they’ve tried relentlessly to speak with managers about allowing them to keep fences around their yards for their children’s and pet’s safety.

“It’s protection for my family, that's what it is,” resident Ryan Miller said.

“I don't want to have to worry about my son being out here, running around like that,” Denise Flores said. “It’s horrible.”

Managers of the mobile home park did not respond to multiple attempts seeking comment.