WE NEED YOUR HELP ON NOV 16TH!
Since January of 2017, members of TMBR have been working with the Dubuque County Conservation Board to construct a multi-purpose recreational trail on one of their park properties. The conservation board has supported our plans because it meets a growing demand for woodland recreation opportunities that comes from the citizens of Dubuque County. The proposed trail system at IPP meets that request, and creates an asset for our community.
On October 19th, a group of citizens made the board aware of their objections to the IPP proposal. They informed the board of their intention to collect as many signatures as possible, and submit a petition to block these plans. The board will hold a public forum on the matter Thursday Nov 16th, 5:00 pm, at the Swiss Valley Conservation Center.
Representatives from TMBR will be present to voice our members’ support for the plan. We will speak to the following points:
- We have examples from many places across the U.S. where recreation and conservation exist in harmony. This is our vision for the IPP project.
- This trail plan is supported by a great number of Dubuque County citizens who enjoy cycling, running, hiking and other trail enabled recreation.
- The proposed trail will be constructed by a skilled contractor with a focus on erosion control, multipurpose use, and respect for the woodland experience.
Here’s where YOU come in:
Come to the meeting on Nov 16th. We’re not asking additional people to speak in favor of the project. We just ask that you show up in a very visible way. Be visible by wearing your bike helmet, TMBR apparel, or by some other means to show that you support recreation on our public lands. Bring your children and spouses to demonstrate our diversity. Our numbers at this meeting will speak much louder than our individual voices. Your presence will give the board confidence that a great portion of the Dubuque County population supports the trail project.
This is a turning point for recreation advocacy in the Dubuque area. Please take the time to stand with us on Nov 16th, and show our community leaders that we want the kind of amenities that other communities have enjoyed for years.
Thursday November 16th, 5:00 pm, at The Swiss Valley Nature Center.