Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time to celebrate!

You are cordially invited to the

Grand Opening of the Singletrack Trails

A National Trails Day Project

Saturday, June 6th

Hilltop Ski Area, South Parking Lot

next to Karl Eid Ski Jump

8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries

9:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and thank you to our volunteers and supporters

9:15 a.m. National Trails Day Project—clean-up and tread repair (Items to bring: work gloves, water, loppers, hand saws, shovels, rakes, brush cutters, etc.)

12:00 p.m. Pizza party at Campbell Creek Science Center

2:00 p.m. Go ride the trails!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stand up for Singletrack!

This Thursday the Parks & Recreation Commission will take public testimony and vote on the Far North Bicentennial Park Trails Improvement Plan. There are dozens of proposed projects and maintenance items in this plan. STA’s Phase II of the singletrack project is included… at least for now.

There is significant resistance to constructing new singletrack in the area bound by Campbell Airstrip Road, the North Gasline and the Stuckagain Heights neighborhood. The two most prevalent reasons are: 1) bears; 2) sentiments that the area should remain undeveloped. After considering concerns from wildlife officials and Stuckagain Heights neighbors, we decided to reduce the project area to allow a wider corridor for wildlife and to locate the trails below the power line so as not to intrude on the view of adjacent property owners. These decisions effectively reduced the project area by half, but we would still have an opportunity to build about 2-3 miles of trail in the remaining area.

I know that the weather is supposed to be gorgeous this week, but it is important that Singletrack Advocates make a strong showing at this hearing. You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to—but if you are so inclined your comments are appreciated.

Thursday, May 14th 6:00 p.m.
Lidia Selkregg Chalet
Russian Jack Park