The Gazette reports (and this has already been reported by cyclemoco)
Funding for the North Branch Hiker-Biker Trail has not been included in the county executive’s latest Capital Improvements Program Budget, although design is already underway.
The paved trail would be about 2.2 miles long, with two segments, in the Rock Creek Regional Park and North Branch Stream Valley Park. It would connect larger trail systems in the county and Washington, D.C.
“Due to affordability, the executive could not recommend that funding be put in,” said Amy Wilson, a management budget specialist. “We’re still coming out of the recession and we do have limited availability of funding, so it was just weighed against other priorities,” she said. Wilson emphasized that this is a new project; it was not previously included in the budget.
But with the design near completion, park staff was disappointed by the omission.
And speaking of trails, DCist reports that work will begin soon on the Wharf in SW DC, which will include a section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail while JDLand reports (skeptically) a June start for the Florida Rock project which also includes a section of that trail, but this one is in SE.