August 27, 2008 · Updated 8:04 PM
I was disappointed in the lack of balance in the recent story about the city of Marysvilles Bayview Trail. As anyone who has ever run, biked or pushed a stroller down the Centennial Trail can tell you, trails are family places that encourage healthy recreation. Studies have shown they actually reduce crime by creating public space. Most people consider trails a desirable amenity meaning property values increase, not decrease.
I understand that a few people who live along the future trail prefer the status quo. However, city staff and leaders must plan for the future of all citizens. There is a huge public interest in and need for making our community more walkable and bikeable. This trail plan is a great step towards a more livable city.
Rather than focusing on nay-sayers, I would suggest The Marysville Globe pursue a story on the hugely succesful partnership between the city of Marysville, Snohomish Health District and community residents in the ongoing Healthy Communities project. If citizens would like to participate, contact Parks Director Jim Ballew at email@example.com