There is a public meeting on Tuesday May 11th at 7 pm to discuss the trail. The opponents plan to attend to express their opposition. It's imperative that park and trail supporters make their voices heard. Please SEND EMAILS soon to the officials listed below, and attend the meeting if you can. You can find meeting details with location info at http://tinyurl.com/2w4g2ox.
Send emails and letters to:
Neil Pedersen. Chief administrator of the State Highway Administration at email@example.com
Montgomery County Planning Board - firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery County Council - county.council@
If you know your elected statehouse representatives, you can send it to them also. To determine your state senator and delegates go to http://mdelect.net .
Sample Letter -
(it's helpful to add your own comments and personal perspective, for example you take your kids on trails, you bike to get around, you live near Lake Frank, etc.)
Dear Neil Pedersen: (or other recipient)
I strongly support construction of the hard-surface trail connecting the Rock Creek Trail to Lake Frank. I ask that it be built as soon as possible, and that it use environmental stewardship funding as currently planned. I am a park user and will certainly benefit from this trail. The trail will be an important link of the planned trail from the Rock Creek Trail to Olney. These trails are among Montgomery County's treasures.
(signed... your name and city/community)
Opponents of the Lake Frank Trail first sought to reroute the trail to a much inferior location that would be farther from their homes. Since they failed to do that, they are now seeking to take away state ICC stewardship funding. They're pushing to implement a parking lot removal project with the same funds so that no funds will be left for the trail. The parking lot project is worthwhile but is already slated to be done later and is not at risk. The trail is very much at risk due to opposition.
Thank you for your support!