Arcadia Lake’s trails stir ire of equestrians

BY DIANA BALDWIN Published: March 29, 2009
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photo - A discarded tire is found among the 2-year-old trash that washed on shore when Arcadia Lake flooded. Equestrian trail riders are upset about the trash.  Photo by PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
A discarded tire is found among the 2-year-old trash that washed on shore when Arcadia Lake flooded. Equestrian trail riders are upset about the trash. Photo by PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
EDMOND — Hidden on the secluded southern tip of Arcadia Lake are eight miles of primitive, trashy equestrian trails.

The trash is nothing new.

The bulk of it — brush, hundreds of plastic bottles, an old tire, a destroyed television and rusty spray cans — washed ashore two years ago when the lake flooded.

Local equestrian riders have had enough of the unsightly and sometimes dangerous refuse.

They want something done about the lake’s trails, which are operated by the city of Edmond.

History of the trails
The equestrian trails, along the shore of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake, were a pilot program that started more than seven years ago. There are no rest rooms, picnic areas or camping. Riders said the parking lot is too small and no more than four pickups pulling horse trailers will fit.

Riders, who pay $4 to use the trail, can’t use the rest rooms at the other parks on the lake because horses aren’t allowed.

Terri Folks, with the Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association, said she has repeatedly asked city officials for help.

Volunteers have tried to clean up the area, but there is much more work needed.


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