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
Fo
lks said they picked up 150 bags of trash once. Just this week, Boy Scouts gathered another 50 bags.

People started talking about the trails when city officials proposed a new day park with picnic tables, a fishing pier, rest rooms, dock and boat ramp nearby.

Homeowners are concerned about the proposed improvements and traffic.

Edmond Assistant City Manager Steve Commons is planning a meeting in April to discuss the proposed new park, equestrian trails and any other concerns people have with the lake. A date hasn’t been set.

Commons said it is time to make a decision on what will ultimately happen at the equestrian trails site.

"If it is something we are going to do, we need to do it right with regular maintenance,” Commons said.

"We need to do it right or don’t do it at all.

"We have kind of gone half way. It is frustrating to the city staff, and it is frustrating to the equestrians.”

Local trail riders agree.

"We kind of all put up with it,” Folks said.

"I know people who quit riding out there. It’s a shame. It is time to do something about it. Edmond can do better.”


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