The City is putting in the Walnut Creek Trail Phase I (to be completed by 2014) and Phase II (to be completed by 2017). Its a great idea, but its raising a lot of concerns
-How is this trail going to be patroled, when we are already so short on police at this end of town?
-How is the trail going to be maintained and taken care of, since its not going to be owned by Parks and Rec? Will the City follow its own history of letting the trail become neglected because City Works never has money or personnel to work on projects north of 183?
-How will we handle the potential wildfire and flood problems along this trail? Who will be responsible for alerting the City, or closing sections of the trail if there are safety issues?
-Will the trail be in the City's GIS system and so tied into Austin's 911? Or will North Austin volunteers have to complet this piece, as we have had to do with other trails in North Austin?
To address these concerns, on Monday, we will be meeting at the Constable's Office at 7pm to talk about creating a Austin Parks and Trails Safety program for Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-5 and Law Enforcement Explorers Post 711.
The USCG Aux is a volunteer group that does many of these type of functions for Central Texas lakes. They have done FEMA safety drills, trained citizens for patrol, and found ways to help local law enforcement out by taking on tasks that can be done by citizens.
Its not every day you get a chance to join the Coast Guard AND Love North Austin, right?
Constable's Office, upstairs meeting room
7pm March 31st, 10409 Burnet Road
(next to the Lighting store on Burnet)
Map of Walnut Creek Phase I and II:
Update from City on the Walnut Creek Trail Project: