Friday, December 2, 2011
When I began this blog, in 2010, it had a very clear and timed purpose—to share my year of walks in the forest at Jacks Peak, to bring readers into the woods with me, at least in spirit, and to write about my life, how it came with me into the forest and how walking influenced my days.
Now, I'm bringing the blog back but for a very different reason. The beautiful wilderness of Jacks Peak Park as we know and love it is in danger. Today I offer an initial post to begin the refocus of this blog to inform those interested about the current situation.
Monterey County Parks (www.co.monterey.ca.us) is considering putting a zip line at the park. This would radically change the forest as we know it. Last weekend, my husband, Michael and I took a walk with the proposed zip line map in hand. If built, the zip line would having towers and zip lines running from the park to Carmel Valley. (I will scan this map and have it here soon.) Though it would be fun for the riders, it would drastically change the natural character of the park. Zip lining is anything but a restful and quiet experience. It's more like an amusement park ride.
Many local citizens are opposed to this project because we want the park to stay just as it is! We're actively working tto encourage the parks department to put the zip line elsewhere. It's not that there's anything wrong with a zip line; it's that it doesn't belong in Jacks Peak Park. Stay tuned for further details. Feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you've got questions.
Posted by Patrice Vecchione at 6:07 AM