Monday, March 10, 2008

Invitation to an Urban Trails meeting

Dear Sustainable Kodiak

We’d like to invite you to provide your input on urban trails inside Kodiak city limits. Island Trails Network will hold a meeting solely for this purpose this Thursday, March 13th at the Chamber of Commerce conference room from 12:00-1:30. Stop by before or after lunch (or bring a lunch) to discuss proposals and improvements for trails in the Kodiak urban area. If you are unable to make it, we will accept comments via phone and email through Friday, March 14th.

We will use your comments to help create a prioritized list of trail improvements to propose to the city council at the end of March. Along with this proposal ITN may offer assistance with trail designation, planning, and construction.

Some trails and proposed trails subject to discussion are:

  • A proposed trail linking Rezanof to Mission near the Zharoff memorial bridge.
  • Designation and improvements of the trail linking East Elementary to Chichenof St.
  • A continuation of the Chichenof trail to Baranof Park.
  • A proposed trail linking Rezanof to Mission near Potatopatch Lake.
  • A proposed trail along the channel linking North End park to proposed developments on Near Island.
  • Designation and improvement of Russian Ridge trails (city-owned portions).
  • A proposed trail along the St. Paul harbor breakwater. Along with these, we welcome other ideas for trails resources in the Kodiak urban area.

As part of our five-year strategic plan, Island Trails Network hopes to incorporate trails as transportation infrastructure into city and borough community planning, and this is a first step in that direction. We also understand that the need for pedestrian infrastructure must be balanced with the need for wildlife habitat, green space, the protection of property rights. We welcome all comments in support or opposition of these and other urban trails. Email or call 539-1979 with comments.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Andy Schroeder

Executive Director, ITN

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