Last night the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee met to review the study done for the Shared-Use trail pilot program in Tryon and West Bay Parks. The report done by EDR was very thorough and the its conclusion was that shared-use trails had no adverse environmental impact and that the trails have had a positive impact for the two parks.
GROC and the efforts of volunteers were recognized by the PAC community with Dave Rinaldo and Larry Staub stating how much they appreciate GROC's efforts. Many of the opposition were at the meeting but they did not have much to say. One even got up and spoke very positively about GROC's work. I have to say that that might be one of the best things out of all of this. GROC and volunteers have been positive and inclusive throughout this process. We not only built trails that we want to ride but ones that all trail users enjoy. We set the example for how sustainable trails can improve the experience for all users while minimizing environmental damage.
The question was asked "so what is the process for other parks and shared-use trails?" Larry Staub said that the process for opening other parks' trails for shared-use will include evaluation and study through the master plan process similar to what was done for Tryon and West Bay.
Larry said the they are hoping GROC will work with the County on Greece Canal Park as that park already has shared-use trails as part of it's recent master plan update. If you live in the Greece area and would like to see shared-use trails in this park, please contact Jonathan Brown. We are looking for a Trail Crew leader to manage this new opportunity.
There are also two more parks currently in master plan review, Mendon Ponds and Webster Park. Please contact Jonathan Brown if you are interested in working on getting shared-use trails in either of these parks.
Thank you to all the people who came to the PAC meeting and for all the work done by hundreds of volunteers. This was a significant effort but the results are wonderful for our parks and the sport we love.
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