I wish I could announce that our Christmas present this year would be permission to build Phase II of the singletrack project. Unfortunately at tonight’s Parks & Recreation Commission meeting the Commission voted to leave the original Phase II area out of the trails plan. As a small token of concession, however, the Commission did agree to insert within the body of the plan, mention that the area below Stuckagain Heights neighborhood is suitable terrain for singletrack. Essentially, this is a nod to STA for being good community partners and it is an official record for future Parks & Rec Commission members that this debate did occur. As institutional knowledge goes, it’s only as good as those present at the table … unless of course there is a paper trail (no pun intended).
Here are some other items of note:
- Rover’s Run will be closed seasonally from spring through fall, and will be opened for winter use. How the Muni proposes to close the trail (signage vs. physical barriers) remains to be decided.
- An alternative route to Rover’s remains in the plan—it connects the Gasline Corridor to Black Bear Trail to a new trail just south of Moose Meadow.
- The area known to us as “Baseball Boogie” (adjacent the Elmore ballfield, Sahallee neighborhood and Service High School) shall be noted in the plan as reserved for Class I/II trails (very narrow, unaltered tread) in keeping with its current character—I requested this in order to preserve the intricate network of social trails that the adjacent neighborhood uses and which is becoming increasingly popular among those of us who like handlebar-width tree clearances and root balls every 10-20 feet. In all seriousness, these trails are a lot of fun to ride.
The next stop for this trails plan is the Urban Design Commission for final adoption.
I’m sorry that I don’t have much better news. Thank you to those of you who came to offer support. Be prepared to turn out in droves as the public debate gets going on the master plans for Chugach State Park and Section 36!