Meeting Tonight to Protect Blauvelt Parks from Mountain Bikes

Friends and Neighbors of Blauvelt Parks, a group of concerned citizens and park enthusiasts who support wise protection and use of parks in Blauvelt, have sent out a call to action. According to a recent group statement, an “army of New Jersey/New York City mountain bike club enthusiasts have been cutting and marking miles of trails in our beloved undisturbed Blauvelt parks in anticipation of mass biking events.” Within just 25 miles of New York City our communities are host to Buttermilk Falls County Park, Schuyler Town Park, Blauvelt State Park, Tackamack Town Park, Clausland Mountain County Park and Nike Town Park. All of these greenbelts have been protected for decades by restricted use policies that according to the group “have now been seemingly abandoned as volunteers, with little or no supervision, are currently cutting trails for mountain bike use.” FNBP say there are 450 members in the Palisades MTB bike club, a branch of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The head of the MTB stated on WRCR this morning there are approximately 100 paying members. Friends of Blauvelt Park are concerned that “once the word is out and these trails are ‘on the map’, many more will come.” There are currently no parking lots, no bathroom facilities, and almost no garbage cans to absorb the potential wave of mountain bike enthusiasts. There is meeting tonight with Representatives of the Palisades Region of State Parks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blauvelt Free Library located at 541 Western Highway.

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