The city of El Paso is planning to bring a quality of life bond to be brought to the November election. This bond would cause a small increase in your property taxes. The main purpose of the bond is not known, but there are some specifics that have been put on the table that fit in to two categories – SIGNATURE PROJECTS and Parks and Recreation. Signature Projects are big projects like a new arena….downtown…to maybe try to draw in a Major League Soccer team. Other things would be funding for a Children’s Museum, a new Bookmobile, or more improvements to the zoo. Parks and Recreation would include more grass fields for soccer which costs enormous amounts of money to maintain….not to mention the amount of water required to keep them green.
To help develop their list, the city is asking for input from the community. One of the suggestions was that the bond be split into two separate bonds. Not separating them causes those who are strongly against an arena but in favor of things that would get El Pasoans off their couch and into the outdoors to possibly vote it down. That’s politics and there’s not a whole lot the average citizen can do about it. What we can do is provide them with input, and as a mountain biker, I’m hoping other mountain bikers will join with me to flood the idea box with some good projects that will help our sport.
You can contribute these ideas by going online here.
As one of the leaders in the mountain biking community, I have created a list of specific ideas that will improve the mountain biking experience in El Paso. When you go online to make your suggestions, feel free to copy and paste these ideas. If you are not in favor of these ideas, don’t use them, but please contribute something to the forum so your voice will be heard.
Here are my suggestions:
- City built/managed/maintained beginner biker friendly and stroller friendly access through Heinrich Park into the Franklin Mountain State Park with additional parking.
- Trailhead off Redd Rd./Helen of Troy (yes, the club has paid for plans and permits to do this but maybe if enough of us shout loud enough the city will build it for us and we can spend money building more trail).
- Trailhead and new trail network at top of Hondo Pass.
- A true mountain bike skills park at the Westside Community Park (the previous attempt was a failure with the construction of a few “jump” lines geared for highly skilled riders on jump bikes”
There are many other small things I can think of and I’m sure you can think of a couple as well. The first two on this list are possible and something the city should have persued and completed on their own years ago. Please contribute your comments/suggestions to the city via their website.