County’s plans for Lord Hill park must respect wishes of all

I read the recent guest commentary from Rick Reed concerning the Snohomish County Parks plans for bike-only trails at Lord Hill park (“County plans for Lord Hill park won’t serve all users,” The Herald, Sept. 5).

This took me back a few years when the parks department closed down Kayak Point Golf Course. We went to every meeting we heard about on that and each one I walked out saying the county already knows what they want to do with this land. A lot of the suggestions that came up included bikes. I am grateful that the public fought back and now the beautiful public land is at least a quiet Disc Golf course.

Reading the article tore at my heart. Once again the county is doing what they feel is better for the public. In a 1,480-acre park designed for hikers, bikes and horses why do the bikes win out?

Turning a county park into a national bike attraction turns my stomach. As true to county actions, they always hide from the taxpayers what they are doing, until they have started. In the case of Lord Hill Park, the parks department has already allowed bikers to develop several new “fast trails.”

The people, not public officials have the right to determine the future of our park.

I had the joy of walking through those forests in the with my kids when we lived up there. It was quiet, beautiful and undisturbed.

Karen Dickson


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