|New paved trail would carve|
through this currently-green
space along Hillandale Road
The goal is to create a hard-surface connection between the Little Falls Trail and Capital Crescent Trail in the vicinity of Hillandale Road.
|Option D (route in|
Using the signaled crossing at Hillandale and Little Falls Parkway is designed to avoid cyclists using the unsignaled crossing further east on Hillandale at the pool driveway. However, they do not seem to have taken into account the high number of right turns-on-red made from the parkway onto Hillandale.
Many nearby residents signed petitions opposing the through-forest route, citing environmental damage and cost as major reasons. A significant number of residents also favored the "no-build" option of doing nothing at all, describing the project concept as "a solution looking for a problem," to use the words of resident Jonathan Parker. Many cyclists on the CCT currently just cut through the pool property, which gets you right up to the Hillandale crossing/entrance to the Little Falls Trail.
Option D's estimated cost to taxpayers will be $408,200, about $209,000 less than original favored Option A. It will, however, require the removal of three 12' trees, and four others 10' or less in height. And require hard surface paving through what is currently green space. So while Option D may be more environmentally-sensitive in relative terms, it is not zero-impact, and aesthetically leaves much to be desired. Oddly, the staff memo never mentions the new trail across the lawn in front of the pool, even while showing it on the diagrams.
|You can see how close|
Option A would have been
to the Willett Branch in this
detail; stream advocates
cited erosion concerns
The Planning Board will take up this project at its March 17 meeting.