|To the Editor: Neighbor of existing trail hopes more are built|
|Written by Penny McMorris|
|Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:41|
A recent letter by Grace Baker and Nancy Wolcott imagined dire consequences for those living alongside trails: barking dogs, noise, loss of privacy and more. They warned that the city intends to “build trails covering Bowling Green,” and cautioned, “They can end up in your backyard.”
Since Grace and Nancy do not now have a trail in their backyard, but only imagine potential woes befalling those who do, I thought they might like hearing from someone who DOES have a trail in their backyard. My husband and I do. And we love it! Trails all over the city? Bring ‘em on. If our experience tells them anything, they worry needlessly. And they might find they would love it too.
We live alongside the trail to Wintergarden Woods/St John’s Nature Preserve. Our bedroom is just feet from where people walk to enter the preserve. Yet in the past years we have never been bothered by noise, dog poop, littering or vandalism of any kind.
Quite the contrary. We get friendly waves and hellos when we’re out pulling weeds. These trail-walkers are not imaginary trouble-makers. Nor are they people we know personally. But they are BG citizens who come from all around, park in front of our house, and walk the trail. And we welcome them.
This city, and the Parks & Recreation Department, deserve high praise for trying to plan a safe way for pedestrians and bikers of all ages to get to the Community Center. As someone who recently broke her neck biking in another town, I commend them.
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