The campaign to cancel a hiker/biker trail that connects the Lake Frank Trail to a spur of the Maryland portion of the Rock Creek Park Trail is picking up steam. Here's one letter to the editor of the Gazette on the issue.
In attempt to mitigate some of the damage done by the InterCounty Connector, state funds were going to be used to remove pavement from a road and two parking lots on the east side of Lake Frank. The road and parking lots have not been used in more than 35 years.
Trees were then going to be planted where the asphalt had been. But the [Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission] hijacked the money and diverted it to a construction project that will cut down trees in the park.
Now the money that was going to be used for environmental mitigation is going to be used to extend the Rock Creek bike path by a couple of hundred yards. More than $2 million that should have been spent on environmental mitigation is gone. Worse, the replacement project will exacerbate the damage done by the ICC. This is called adding insult to injury.
John Mathwin, Rockville
One quick correction is that the money is coming from Community Stewardship money, not Environmental Mitigation funds, so it is less objectionable in that light, I think. John Mathwin also wrote a letter to the Post on the same subject. You can read more about the trail here. The new letter includes the new strategy which is to get the money re-re-directed back to the parking lot removal. There is more on the debate here. Jack Cochrane of MoBike adds more context to the debate: