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    Editor,

    I am writing to express my frustration and resentment regarding the bike skill park.

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    Surely, like everyone who learned to ride a bicycle, a “skills park” is completely unnecessary; you learn in the street. By the time a person has learned to ride off a curb (or up a curb), they are riding with friends to a nearby dirt lot, or over to “Anonymous Park” where they learn to ride bikes like few of us ever did. Moab is surrounded by a bike park. Certainly, any bike skills park should be located at Anonymous Park.

    But the truth is that the Travel Council and other “decision makers” are determined to turn every inch and every service over to the tourist industry, thus marginalizing locals. It appears the bike skills park is one part of a grand scheme to turn the full length of the pathway into a tourist commodity.

    Regardless that tourist dollars and grants generate much of the cost, the cost of building and yearly maintenance should be spent on 100 different projects that could and should benefit citizens of Moab City and Grand County.

    Lastly, if trees are cut down, Moab’s status as a “Tree City” should be revoked.

    — Mona Horwitz
    Moab

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