Trail would put kids at risk |

Trail would put kids at risk

Dear Editor:

The current trend of development continues. The city of Aspen is planning on building a dead-end trail that will put the safety of many families and their kids at risk. The trails and open space board said they were building it because “they can.” That seems to be typical of this council and mayoral term. Oppose anything private and beneficial but way overspend on anything publicly funded, such as Burlingame.

The trail I am referring to is planned to be built on the backside of Little Ajax. There is a trail easement there, with plans of extending the trail farther. The only problem with the extension is that our neighbor has purchased several parcels to prohibit this trail from crossing his property. Therefore, future extension is a pipe dream.

With the current situation we get plenty of irresponsible trail users that poach the final section. We get mountain bikers riding down our stairs and hikers using our private walkways to get back to Hopkins. Building a dead-end trail would encourage more of this irresponsible use and endanger the 20 kids we have living in the complex.

Please don’t waste city money on this.

Stan Washburn


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