Colorado Springs' mayor and city council are calling for an observatory atop Pikes Peak, saying the U.S. Forest Service's ban on new uses does not apply as people have been using the mountain to stargaze since the 1800s.

The Gazette reports that scientists have being trying to build a telescope on the peak for 20 years, but most recently have been told the Forest Service won't allow a new use with the planned Summit House there.

On Tuesday, the City Council and Mayor John Suthers reiterated their support for the observatory, saying they will ask U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner and Colorado's congressional delegation to help with securing permits.

Forest Service officials did not return requests for comment.