By Jordan LaCroix / Herald Forum
I stay close to Snohomish County’s Lord Hill Park. I hike and bike at this park, and I’ve additionally been volunteering at this park on pedestrian and bike trails for 2 years.
I’ve an unimaginable privilege to stay inside strolling distance of Lord Hill Regional Park the place I’m surrounded by many houses on five-acre parcels that go nicely above $1 million, pricing out a lot of the working class within the county. To be trustworthy, once I used to run the register at Wendy’s again in 2007, I might have by no means thought I’d spend my free time writing to a newspaper or caring about authorities processes.
With all of the commotion centered round mountain biking at Lord Hill, I spotted one thing on the park’s division public assembly a number of days in the past when the county refused to develop parking which has been overflowing for hikers and bikers each weekend on the park. This subject was by no means about mountain biking. It was about you! The 99.9 % of the county who must drive to this regional park from everywhere in the county.
The present park plan doesn’t explicitly ban mountain bikers, it simply bans the paths they love, to discourage their use, and I see it as no completely different than changing my favourite mountain climbing trails going by old-growth forests into gravel forest roads.
We shouldn’t discourage individuals from utilizing this park. We ought to encourage it. We ought to have extra leisure alternatives that folks need right here. We ought to have extra parking. We ought to have Americans with Disability Act-accessible entrance trails. If we don’t make this a neighborhood park, we’ll by no means have the neighborhood volunteering to assist construct it!
While I used to be initially intending to put in writing this to advertise the thought of supporting mountain biking, I feel it’s extra vital to deal with the final subject of creating this a real regional park for the entire county.
I do know we’re all too busy working or sitting in site visitors to spend time on this, however please e mail your county officers and push for increasing leisure entry, parking and accessibility trails into Lord Hill Regional Park!
Hikers, bikers, whoever, when you do wish to assist your native rag-tag group of mountain bikers extra brazenly, come be a part of us for a social trip April 10 at midday beginning close to the barn on the park’s north entrance! You can trip my bike, I’ll hike behind you!
Jordan La Croix is a software program engineer and lives in Snohomish.