By BRENDA FLEMING
Last May, after attending a few county meetings on the plan of this town, I was a little depressed thinking about all the people making decisions about this town that don't actually live here.
With a spark of activism, I wrote to the Los Alamos Daily Post what I wanted as a local mom and business owner – which was an urban bike path to connect the town's historical landmarks, small businesses and residential areas – the "oh-so-needed vein of the town" is how I phrased it – for tourists and locals alike. (read article here)
I emailed my county councilors, and, amazed by how responsive Vice Chair Susan O'Leary was, I met with her to discuss my ideas and how to get them implemented. Throughout the year I made a petition, attended a few meetings, and joined a committee. There was a lot of support for this idea.
A year later, this multi-use recreational "dream" path is being voted on as part of the Capital Improvements budget.
I was incredibly impressed with how the county staff figured out a way to design it that works really well. (see map!)
Bike from the farmers market to Bathtub Row Brewing Company and get a frosty beer. Power walk a double stroller from the food co-op to a Gordon's concert. Skateboard from the homecoming parade to the teen center. Park your wheels and walk to the Bradbury Science Museum, Blue Window and CB FOX, Fuller Lodge art openings, wine on Smith's patio, PEEC Nature Center, Aquatic Center, Ashley Pond, Historical Museum – it's all right there.
It's not a done deal, but hopefully it will get voted on. I ask you this, if you're excited about this as I am, please email one of the county councilors and ask them to support it. It takes as little as one email to make an impression. You can find their emails on the county website.
On another note, I am going to do a short plug for the Recreation Bond. This will be mailed to each home in the beginning of May. Voting yes for this bond will allow for five large recreation projects to get passed. These are projects that locals have worked so hard to gain support–and the only thing that can stop them at this point is your vote.
It's expensive, but towns that actually are sporty and fun and worth visiting ... these towns had to first make the investment.
I always think of Durango, which everyone loves (but what really is there?!). Durango designed and invested in its town, and now it's a hub for outdoor activity with a booming tourism economy. How many Los Alamos locals drive to Durango for a good time? Let's cut the four-hour commute for a good time. Let's start investing in our own town.