I am completely against it.
Said community leaders really think that they are doing all this work that is new to them, and old hat to us.
The bottom line is this, Brett Shoffner (ERTA-Trails why we are adjusting the course and losing a couple of holes) has a lot of energy. That energy is very similar to the energy that I brought there back when we started to remove all the trash, all the honeysuckle, etc.... So what he is not wanting to see or the thought is that closing the gates will deter dumping.
As we are painfully aware of dumping will continue. When the gates are closed, they will dump along the roads that don't require access...think disc golf area......so I envision it being a more problematic issue with regards to the work that we will be needing to do.
Now over time we have been able to continue to work the land so that as dumping occurs we can generally get it out quickly. So there is some merit in the notion that having it cleaned helps to remove it faster. That though also presents another challenge for me on a personal note. It is Cliff Drive, it is not Cliff Trail, not Cliff Walk, not Cliff Ride. I moved to the area because of that drive, and closing it will impact people that don't know about it, all they will see is gates closed, and wonder....hmmm....and go do something different.
I am fearful that closing the gates will create an elitist atmosphere and not conducive to the overall betterment of the park.
And I get where Brett is coming from. He is working on areas that we worked on and walked away from, he is seeing things that are new to him, and old to me. So maybe his energy is better served to make this happen as he doesn't have time constraints that I have now. I don't know, but I do know that many reading this helped over the past 15 years to build a better place to play. I also know that at no point did we think that closing the gates permanently was the idea to fix the issue.
Education and enforcement are the answers, but we don't seem to have the civic leaders and authority enforcing that.
So I for one am against the petition to close the gates permanently. If there was a timeline stated for an actual cleanup and start and end objective I may be more on board. Right now I am not.
Infact I am hesitant to work a new disc golf course into the mix until this subject is put to rest. A disc golf course that you have to walk over a mile to get to isn't exactly the way I want to invite people to play, and that would be required or the building of another parking lot, taking away green space which I already think is a bad idea.
Now to do something great this weekend, come out and help at Cliff to get us ready for the Lion's Den Open. That you can count on to be a fun and energetic event.