More information necessary on issues at Lord Hill county park

In response to a recent letter to the editor in regard to use of Snohomish County’s Lord Hill Regional Park, we the undersigned would like to respond to several false assumptions expressed the letter’s author.

First, we are not opposed to access to multi-use trails for mountain bikes. We are opposed to the proliferation of high-speed downhill mountain-bike trails that has occurred over the last several years, and the danger that mountain bikes ridden at high-speed pose to other users. As an aside, these trails were built in violation of a trail-building moratorium under protest by several user groups.

Second, it is not “a few outspoken people” who would like Lord Hill to return to having no high-speed downhill bike trails, but a majority, as indicated by public meeting attendees and survey responders; the undersigned are ready and willing, indeed anxious, to meet with an investigative reporter from The Herald to discuss these meetings and surveys, and dig as deep into present conditions, causality and history as the reporter would like to go. We welcome fact checking and verification of historical detail, so as to make the public record based on reality and not agenda biased spin.

Third, the statement that each user group has exclusive access to the park is incorrect; yes, equestrians have a “horse trailers only” parking lot, but that lot is shared with handicap parking. Also note that there are no “horses only” trails in the park; all equestrian accessible trails are multi-use, shared with bikes or hikers or both.

Scott Lee

Mary K. Krauss

Mary Lou Nakonecznyj

Pat Pehling

Lynn Willecke

Snohomish County

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