Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Support the bike path levy

I spent much of my adult life working for the Blaine County Recreation District. Among the many projects and programs that I worked on, the Wood River Trail System stands out as one of the achievements that I am most proud of.

With more than 300,000 visits annually, this trail is an indispensable community resource for biking, walking, running and other healthy recreation. It is also an important transportation corridor for nonmotorized use, connecting all the communities in our valley.

Despite faithful annual maintenance, the Wood River Trail is nearing the end of its 30-year life.   It is important to ensure the bike path’s future and to keep the trail safe for all of us.

That’s why I’m volunteering to work with a group of concerned citizens to advocate for passage of a two-year levy on May 21. The levy would raise $1.75 million per year for two years to restore the trail for another 30 years of safe and healthy recreation. It would cost homeowners about $21 per $100,000 of taxable property value each year for two years.

Please join me in supporting another 30 years of all the biking, running and other outdoor activities we enjoy on the Wood River Trail. To learn more, check BCRD’s website or the volunteer group’s new website at

Mary Austin Crofts



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