I posted before about a proposed new multiuse path through Santa Cruz’s Pogonip park. The city parks department held a meeting about this plan Wednesday night.
The gist of it: There’s a serious problem with heroin use along the eastern edge of Pogonip. The proposed trail for hikers, bikers and equestrians will bring more people into this area. The druggies will go away. The Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz have offered to pay for trail construction. Everybody is happy.
Except for the local chapter of the Sierra Club, because bikes are evil. Allowing bikes in Pogonip conflicts with the Pogonip Master Plan, which calls for only low impact uses. I understand the tension between preserving wild spaces versus recreational uses of open space, but in this case, there’s already a significant impact on the area from recreational drug use. The “Heroin Hill” area of Pogonip is a littered, dangerous mess.
I stole the title of this post from our friends at Santa Cruz Bicycles, which also supports this trail. Now that you know some of the background, read 104 Bronson’s take on Pogonip.