Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Parks For All?

Some in the Monroe County area believe that everyone should have the right to use our public parks for whatever they please, as they are public parks. Laissez Faire of the Commons, sort of thing.
Yet, we have many restrictions on how the public uses any of our public facilities. We do not allow bicycling on 490, 590, 390, or the New York State Thruway. Alternatively, we do not allow motorized vehicles (except maintenance) on the New York State Canal Path. So, should we allow aggressive biking off-trail in our parks? They do pay taxes.
Or, should our parks exist for the free expression of the majority, who walk and crave a peek at our dwindling forests?
And ,beyond the parochial, do our public parks, collectively, play a critical role in the operation of our environment—meaning, that beyond aesthetics, do the plants and animals and the soil that still exist in our public parks contribute to making our environment sustainable?
Or, as many probably believe, are our public parks like zoos, merely non-commercial blocks of land set aside for the pleasure of the most strident?
Read on: Mountain biking options in Monroe County parks studied democratandchronicle.com Democrat and Chronicle Mountain biking could be allowed in at least one Monroe County park next year under a master plan update for six parks in the area bordering and south of Irondequoit Bay. (Nov 25, 08) democratandchronicle.com Democrat and Chronicle Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York

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