Vail Daily letter: Enough open space in Edwards now
May 5, 2012
If there are 712 acres on the “T” and Homestead open space newly available to the public for horseback riding, hiking and biking, is there reason for more of the same on the Scudder-Webster Ranch on Lake Creek?
Lake Creek Road will have to be made wider to accommodate people from approximately 700 trailer homes and a population around Edwards of 10,000.
At the March meeting of the county’s open space advisory committee, it was agreed upon and supported by the county attorney that open space dolalrs would be spent on improving, monitoring and maintaining conservation easements.
To make Lake Creek Road wider with the probability of a bike path alongside will cost losts of dollars.
To purchase the Scudder-Webster property may be well over $25 million.
To monitor, improve and maintain the Scudder-Webster purchase will be very costly.
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Because there is already land available for horseback riding, hiking and biking, a Scudder-Webster purchase probably would be open to motorized vehicles.
In conclusion: How much more tax money do we want to spend and how much congestion do we want in the beautiful Lake Creek Valley?