New York, NY (PRWEB) March 15, 2013
In response to reaching the benchmark of 1500 supporters of Save the Putnam Trail campaign, campaign leaders have sent copies of the petition to Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-NY 81st District) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asking them to champion the cause of preserving the historic nature trail that runs through city parkland.
Michael Arnstein, a founder and coordinator of the campaign, noted that the trail is a treasure in our already heavily-paved lives. He said the plan, as now drawn, eliminates true green space and despite community objection, as exemplified by the number of signers on the petition, the parks department has declined to make changes.
The campaign has proposed as a compromise using a stone-dust surface because from the campaign's many conversations with highway engineers and from other research, the stone-dust alternative is accessible to everyone and is cost-effective to maintain over asphalt.
“Once the trees are gone and replaced with pavement, there will be no turning back the clock. Generations to come will only know of yet more 'pavement' and not have true wilderness to experience in the Bronx.”
Van Cortlandt Park is the city’s fourth largest and has the full range of recreational activities including ball-playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, an ice skating rink, horseback riding, pools, stadium with track, fishing lake, a nationally-recognized cross country track, and more.