The Carlin Springs Connector Trail was voted down tonight by the Arlington County Board.
Saying they believed it was unnecessary, the County Board today voted 4 to 1 to deny a permit sought by the County to build a Connector Trail to the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail at North Carlin Springs Road. County staff had sought the permit, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority, to build an eight-foot-wide, 220-foot-long trail for cyclists and pedestrians. Residents had complained that the proposed paving would degrade an existing open area.
“We need to protect and enhance open space,” said Arlington County Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada, who described himself as a “fanatic” cyclist. He and fellow cyclist Board Member Jay Fisette said they believed there were adequate trails in the area.
As someone pointed out in the comments on the previous post,
[This] was the way the railroad crossed Carlin Springs, and as I recall, it was a paved connection to the road until the underpass going under Carlin Springs was built in the late 1990s. So this isn't a new trail, it's restoring an old one.
Enjoy your meadow Arlington, you earned it.