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.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION HEARING
Thursday, May 14th 6:00 p.m.
Lidia Selkregg Chalet
Russian Jack Park

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When did our city parks suddenly become responsible for preserving the views of adjacent homeowners? If the roles were reversed, the homeowners would scream bloody murder. Did anyone ask the builders of the new homes on top of Stuckagain Heights to respect the views from the adjacent parkland on Near Point? Sad.