Monday, September 29, 2008

FNBP Trails Plan Timeline

Greetings Trail Advocates,

I would like to remind everyone how far Anchorage mountain bike advocacy has come in the past 3 or 4 years. We have organized as a user group and have gained the respect of other park users and Parks & Recreation. Without their support we wouldn’t have been able to build Brown Bear and now the new network of singletrack. I am very appreciative of the partnerships that we have developed. Once the go-ahead was given to begin construction of the news trails, Parks & Rec threw 100% of their cooperation into the project. They have donated in-kind, approximately $33,000 worth of services and spent many hours with us out on the trails.

The FNBP Trails Plan is another step in the process of thoughtful management of the park. Thanks for your support, and thanks for participating!

Here is the timeline for the FNBP Trails Plan.

September, 2008
Public Open House
Proposed Trail Network, Classifications & Project List Available for Review

October 6, 2008
Comments Due on the above review documents
http://apps.amicro.biz/feedback/dowl/

December, 2008
Complete Draft Plan Available for Review

January, 2008
Stakeholder Follow-up Meetings
Steering Committee Meeting
Parks & Recreation Commission Review & Public Hearing (January 8, 2009)

Spring 09 Final Trail Improvement Plan Review by the Urban Design Commission

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Will our trails be blocked?

Greetings Singletrack Advocates,

The Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department is putting the finishing touches on the Far North Bicentennial Park Trails Plan. One omission from the most recent version of the plan is Phase II of the Hillside Singletrack Project. This second phase is located on the north side of Campbell Airstrip Road and just below Stuckagain Heights neighborhood.

As a bit of background, the Basher Community Council passed a resolution unanimously in support of Phase II of the project. It also received extensive multi-agency review through the Coastal Zone Management Program and an Environmental Checklist. This occurred before this summer’s problems with the bears reached a critical point.

The reason given for the removal of the project was the need to maintain wildlife corridors. I can understand that the wildlife issue deserves more thoughtful discussion and the development of a management plan. Removing Phase II of the project essentially eliminates the hope for any future trail project in this area. At least if the project is in the plan, it could conceivably happen at some point in the near or distant future. If it’s not in the plan, any proposal could be turned down simply on the basis that “it isn’t consistent with the Trails Plan.”

Parks & Rec has to balance a lot of competing issues in the park. Singletrack concerns are just one of them. There are many difficult choices to be made. It would be worth your time to visit the Trails Plan website and click on the link to give your individual opinion. There are a lot of supporting materials available on the website as well. http://www.muni.org/parks/FNBPTrailsPlanDocs.cfm.

Please note that the plan is a work in progress, and will later be presented for public review. Now is the time to speak up on behalf of our trail project.

THE DEADLINE IS OCT. 6.

Monday, September 22, 2008

National Public Lands Day

Please Join Singletrack Advocates

for a Trail Work Day on the New Singletrack Trails

Saturday, September 27th

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hilltop Chalet

Schedule

8:30 to 9:00 Coffee and Muffins

9:15 Trail Work Begins

12:30 p.m. Pizza Party at Campbell Creek Science Center

Project

Sign Post Installation

Brush Clearing

Items to Bring

Work Gloves

Water Bottle

Snacks

Tools will be provided

Please email Janice for more information

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

FNBP Trails Plan Comment Period

Don’t be blindsided when it comes to change in Far North Bicentennial Park! Comments on the proposed FNBP Trails Plan are accepted until October 6. You can learn more about the draft plan at: http://www.muni.org/parks/FNBPTrailsPlanDocs.cfm. This website also contains links to documents. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with this proposal.