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Lake Natoma trail upgrade is a no-brainer

Several groups, including this family and friends from Roseville took to the chilly, 51-degree water at Lake Natoma for a fun Polar Bear Plunge to celebrate the New Year on Jan. 1, 2015.
Several groups, including this family and friends from Roseville took to the chilly, 51-degree water at Lake Natoma for a fun Polar Bear Plunge to celebrate the New Year on Jan. 1, 2015. rpench@sacbee.com

Lake Natoma trail upgrade is a no-brainer

Re “Panel of judges erred in ruling over Lake Natoma” (Letters, Nov. 4): I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read Stephen Green’s letter, whining because the California court followed environmental law instead of his dictates. The trail that Green, president of the Save the American River Association, is complaining about is designed to serve Americans with disabilities. Those who can’t take their wheelchairs, walkers and canes, and navigate the current rough hewn trail.

I take particular umbrage at Green’s claim of leadership in the establishment of the American River Parkway. If Green’s standards were applied to the existing parkway, there would be no bike trail or walking trail.

I’m happy to say there is already a trail along Lake Natoma in the very site of which Green complains. During my tenure as mayor of Folsom in the 1990s, our city government, volunteers and the folks from state parks joined in building that trail. To upgrade a rough hewn trail that runs along the shores of a reservoir, so people with disabilities can enjoy the shoreline views just as much as Green, should be no great undertaking and no matter of controversy. Shame on Green for making it so and shame on SARA for letting him serve as their spokesperson on this issue.

Robert G. Holderness, Folsom

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