We've had a busy winter, with grandkid visits, skiing, lots of snow, and a few rides in between snowstorms.
Dimple Dell's north rim is currently a bark trail, providing good footing for all, year round. Asphalt paving would disrupt wildlife during construction. The asphalt would heat the trail in summer and make icy winter conditions dangerous. Paving would encourage speeding bikers and skateboarders on the steep hills, which would be a hazard to people and horses alike. Although the county promises an equestrian trail alongside the asphalt, that wouldn't solve most of the problems created by paving a 10 foot wide path, as is proposed. Extensive dirt work would be required to widen the trail sufficiently in some places, which would end in erosion and loss of wildlife habitat. We have many paved walking/jogging/biking paths in the county already. Dimple Dell's unique beauty begs to be preserved.
For those readers who live nearby and enjoy Dimple Dell, or for those who simply care about preserving wild areas for future generations, here are some links for further reading and comment:
We attended a meeting in Dimple Dell Park this morning. Many interested park users were present, supporting the Keep Dimple Wild Movement. It's encouraging to see how many people care deeply about this issue.
Please wish us luck. We may need it.