We support keeping Tenderfoot and Saddlerock trails voice and sight access for dog guardians and increasing the number of trails available for voice and sight. As we walk on a regular basis,we represent the largest number of visits to open space.
We have supported the growth of open space for over 25 years. Only 12% of Open Space/Mountain Parks are designated for recreation. Yet these areas are scheduled to be eliminated for dog access.
The Boulder population has increased, but we have increasingly fewer places to walk with our dogs.
Recently numerous trails were closed to dogs. Now more trails are slated for closure, despite the historical outpouring of support for at public meetings. A current on-line petition has 450 signatures! This progressive restriction of dog access has the presumed ultimate goal of eliminating open space access to the numerous Boulder residents who have dogs. Although we are avid supporters of open space, voting and paying taxes, we are increasingly denied access.
Tenderfoot and Saddlerock are little-used loop trails.There are no conflicts. We have been hiking here many years. The Tenderfoot loop includes a road to a private residence with its vehicle traffic. Because these trails are little used, the impact of making them off-limits to dog guardians and their dogs would be negligible.
We need places where we can enjoy open space without trail congestion. When dogs and people are restricted to more areas of high congestion by the steady closure of trails, there is more likely chance of conflict.
We are so sad about losing our beloved trails. We want to continue to enjoy them with our canine friends, who are our family. There is no reason why these trails are scheduled for closure.