Just to be clear, and I get that this post wasn’t directed at me. Just want to reiterate that my involvement in this discussion is not NIMBY. I don’t mind if there’s a recreational trail near my property as long as there’s a decent buffer and appropriate obstacles to discourage trespassing.I have been having these discussions with trail NIMBY’s for over 25 years and have never once seen their fears borne out.
My points are mostly about using the power of the state for trivial things like recreational trails. These things should be funded by the people who want them. And land acquired through donations/negotiations.
As far as not seeing any of the “fears” borne out. Just a cursory google search brings up incidents in the **** hole areas. Some roberies. Assaults. Etcetera. Nothing major.
I’m not sure which trails ancjr is referencing in the Louisville area. There is a trail going along the river that goes through the Portland neighborhood. Ain’t nobody moving to Portland because of the trail. In fact, I rarely see anyone using that trail. You can see it from I64. But that’s urban.
The only rural trails I know of in the area is Parklands of Floyd’s Fork. Which is the trail system I mentioned a few times earlier. Incidents there are rare. It’s a really nice resource. Very nice. Real toilets that flush along the main path. Well maintained.
It’s construction and current maintenance was funded 100% through donations. Zero land was acquired through eminent domain. Much of the property was donated by the land owners. Turns out when you tell people they get to have their grandkids’ names on stuff around the park, old people are happy to donate stuff.