We Don’t Need Another Regional Trail
By Andrew Richter
Now if you want to ride a bike in Crystal, I have one question; what is stopping you? We have bike lanes on our major streets, sidewalks, parks etc. But, of course, that’s not enough for our “professional planners.” No, no, we need the Basset Creek Regional Trail now!
Of course the proponents of this claim it should go ahead for two basic reasons; it has been planned for years and it will “connect” French Regional Park and Theodore Wirth Park (I wonder how many people will really go back and forth). Back in 2011 the Three Rivers Park District predicted that 176, 425 visitors! How they come up with that is beyond me, but they basically estimate that anyone living a 1/2 mile from the Regional Trail will make 9.53 annual visits with 8% of those coming in the months of December, January, and February!
If anyone out there is naive enough to believe this, take the estimates for the Crystal Lake Regional Trail. In case you’re wondering where that is (and judging by the usage of this you don’t know) it is along Highway 81, which I have to say is not the best place for families to bike or walk. The Robbinsdale portion is set to be done by the end of this year. Does anyone know the estimate of how many people were going to use this in a year? The answer is;
When fully constructed, the Crystal Lake Regional Trail is projected to generate 288,000 annual visits
288,000 thousand? Now that’s 789 per day! That number includes every day; winter, holidays, days when it rains etc. If you think that is happening I suggest you drive down Highway 81 and count how many people you see walking and biking along the road. Trust me, you can do it on one had.
So here’s the question; why doesn’t anyone challenge the Park District? Why doesn’t the media do it? Why doesn’t any city? Why do they just roll over and let these people carve up our cities?
Our only chance to stop this wasteful government spending lies with the Crustal City Council. New Hope has to approve this too but that will be a 5-0 vote. I wonder if they will even talk about it for more than 2 seconds.
It won’t be easy for Crystal to this; there will be pressure from everywhere to conform and rubber stamp this. The Met Council, Hennepin County, the Three Rivers Park District, and other gutless cities will all gang up on Crystal if this is rejected.
I suggest you contact your council members and let them know what you think!
Entry filed under: Agenda 21, City Government, Community, Crystal, Environment, Hennepin, Met Council, Taxation, Three Rivers Park District. Tags: Hennepin County, Met Council, regional planning, Regional Trails, Three Rivers Park District.