egraetze wrote:fsr1 wrote:There have been complaints of new trails forming back by the JC Penney "unofficial" entrance. Park management contacted me today asking me to post on our board that this area is not open to bikes. Please use the official park entrance.
I've also created another thread addressing this issue here. http://mmba.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=111257
Mark: Does JCP or Green Oak Mall have the issue, or park management. Is there a problem if just a single path from the lot to the trail? Are they going to put up a chain link fence to prevent entry from JCP (e.g. Trout Lake fortress). I have 5 cars with the DNR pass including one motorcycle, so lost revenue from me is not an issue. I also pay my MMBA dues. The JCP lot is closer to home, and also allows me to stay away from the park road that road riders believe they own. Lastly, the park management should be more concerned with the white trash taking over Spring Mill Pond that has driven families and others away.
It was the park management that had the issue with reports that new trails were being cut back there. After some discussion the JC Penney trailhead will remain open and I don't foresee any more issues if we bikers just stay on the one trail connecting to blue.
I need to do some more reconnaissance. I'm told there is a trail that goes out to a park and ride and I see a few small trails that crisscross the area back there. I'd like to see these closed but not sure of the feasibility. The reason the park wants this is that they call it "a high quality prairie remnant that volunteers and others have been stewarding for years."
The bottom line is that it is park land and there are no official trails back there. There will most likely be some signage to follow in an attempt to educate and hopefully keep folks out of the areas they should be avoiding.
Regarding the white trash comment... My wife had our kids out at Springmill today and reported much teenage foul language and general disregard for those around them.