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Edmond council hears plan for Arcadia Lake trail

A private-public project is in the works to build a trail around Arcadia Lake. The Edmond City Council approved $200,000 for design work. There is opposition to the proposed trail.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 11, 2012

— City council members voted to spent $200,000 for engineering to design a multipurpose trail around Arcadia Lake as part of a public-private project.

David Tew, with the Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition, said in a presentation to the city council this week that they expect the trail to be open by 2014 for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others.

“This is a community resource and a community benefit,” said Tew, the Mercy Health chief operating officer.

A nearby property owner and the equestrian riders aren't in favor of how the trail is being designed around the lake.

John Fitch, a Southlake resident, told council members he is concerned about the safety of the Boys Ranch Town due to the trail bringing strangers to the area.

“This is a threat to the safety of the boys,” Fitch said.

Fitch said he is not opposed to the trail — just a trail all the way around the lake.

“I don't want a 20-mile trail,” Fitch said. “It is ridiculous. We need to be creative with our money. We don't want to be like Lake Hefner.”

Fitch warned the council members that trash associated with the trail would negatively impact the ecological system at the lake. He also said the trail would be closed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 15 because of bow hunting season at the lake.

Kathryn McKinney, a member of the Friends of Arcadia Lake Equestrian Trails, said they are not opposed to the trail at Arcadia Lake. But, she said they don't want the two trails to cross or for the jogging trail to be built near the horse trail.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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