The Access Umstead Committee, which has been politely petitioning for a reversal of the parking ban at the Graylyn Drive neighborhood entrance to Umstead State Park, is working on the same thing at the Reedy Creek Road neighborhood entrance.
The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday removed from its consent agenda a proposal to ban on-street parking in the Trenton Woods neighborhood near the Reedy Creek Road entrance. A council committee will take up the question.
Park lovers warned the council against setting a precedent that could make it easier for other neighborhoods all around Umstead's fringe to bar those pesky parkers, too. Now Access Umstead is inviting its allies to e-mail City Council members with a request that they uproot the dense thicket of No Parking signs (actually planted by NCDOT, not by the city, I think) around the entrance.
Meanwhile I learn on the Access Umstead site that state parks officials have at least tallied the public comments they solicited last fall regarding alternatives for providing new access at the Graylyn gate. Of the 249 people who offered their opinions, 150 favored Alternative C. No word on when, or whether, any of these alternatives will be implemented.
This stuff shouldn't be hard. The barriers really are bureaucratic. ... [MORE]