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    Editor,

    I am not opposed to the Bike Skills Park. I am opposed to its location.

    Millcreek Parkway
    Millcreek Parkway where a Bike Skills Park is planned. Photo by Doug McMurdo

    If I am correct the Bike Skills Park (BSP) would begin at the cul-de-sac southern end of 100 East behind the Rustic Inn and extend along the Bike Path, continuing around the corner much of the way to 200 East next to Crispin Bailey’s Memorial Bench.

    This one green spot that is the only grassy tree-lined area along the Moab Bike Path would be transformed into a hardscape obstacle course for bikers and a magnet for tourists.

    What makes Trail Mix and the City of Moab think that the community of Moab would rather have a hot, dry, noisy bike arena than a quiet, shady lush green setting in our neighborhood? The whole community benefits from the green serenity of the bike path. The BSP will become a tourist hangout. How could it not? We’ve got five overnight rental establishments at the mouth of the 100 South cul-de-sac.

    There are other locations for a Bike Skills Park that would not require sacrificing our beloved community green space. The Bike Jump Park on 5th West is one and Lions Park is another.

    I read that the city would contribute $60,000 to this project, as well as an additional $10,000 in maintenance per year; $30,000 would go to a public restroom on the cul-de-sac of 100 South. The other $30,000 would fund removal of many trees in the “elm forest” and installation of the BSP graveled hardscape bike playground.

    Parking for the BSP is not included in the design based on the logic that people will bike to the park. Although, that is not the case at the 5th West Bike Jump where many families drive (and park) to access it. Both Lions Park and the 5th West Jump Park already provide public restrooms and parking. Need we spend thirty grand on a public restroom that already exists elsewhere?

    Why devote yearly maintenance of $10,000 to this one little amusement park while all the other city parks suffer from neglect?

    Please do not destroy the one lush green spot along the Bike Path for a noisy hardscape bike arena.

    I encourage you to reconsider the location of the Bike Skills Park.

    — Kaki Hunter
    Moab

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