Please attend the first EBRPD virtual public meeting to discuss the Wildcat Flow trail on 25 April at 7:00 PM. Here is the link . The primary purpose of this first meeting is to: 1) brief the public on the broad outlines of the flow trail and 2) identify major concerns of the user community so that EBRPD can look at ways to mitigate those in their preliminary design of the flow trail which is scheduled for release late this summer. They are not really looking for major expressions of support at this meeting. That said several EBRPD Board members (including Elizabeth Echols) will be attending so having lots mtb'ers in attendance will make a powerful statement to them, to the EBRPD staff, and to opponents. EBRPD doesn’t want to consume a lot of meeting time with repeated verbal expressions of general support or concerns. However, there will be several other means to make meaningful comment and impact: The meeting organizers are going to be running a brief survey at
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EBRPD is moving the project forward to the next stage!! The Park District is now poised to commence public engagement and further analyze the Wildcat Flow Trail under CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) . EBRPD will host a virtual meeting on the project at 7:00 PM on 25 April to provide basic information about the project and to collect stakeholder input. If you sign and enter your email on our petition of support found here we'll send you the virtual link as soon as EBRPD posts it. Otherwise you can periodically check the EBRPD project web site here for meeting details which should be provided soon. Please plan to attend the meeting to learn more about the project and provide input!!
EBRPD has posted the results of the first public meeting here . The results include the video of the entire 1.5 hr meeting, a copy of the EBRPD presentation, and results of the user survey conducted during the meeting. Most of the estimated 285 folks who attended the meeting were MTBers although the exact number is unknown because about 30% did not participate in the survey. Of those who responded the more interesting results are (rounded to the nearest 10%): 70% use the park to exercise. 80% enter the park via bicycle. 90% support the Park District’s efforts to explore single-use trails (less than 2% did not). 80% had no concern about the Wildcat flow trail. Of those who had concerns, 10% were about the environmental impact and 7% about increased user conflicts. During the meeting about 25 participants voiced comments about the flow trail, almost all in support. EBRPD did have to cut-off the comments because of time constraints but there is still time to give comments here .