Santan Regional Park is our local stomping grounds. I've spent many a Thursday night or Saturday afternoon there riding and working out whatever personal issues that I'm dealing with at the time. I love it there. It feels almost as as close to home as my own living room in some respects.
With all that complimentary crap being said, I fixate on how little effort is put into taking what is a (overused) gem and polishing said gem up a bit. Post ride Thursday night beers are often accompanied to heated conversations between Scotty B and myself about what needs to be done. It's pretty said when you have user groups approach the park and offer to assist in the building and maintenance of the trails there. It's also a bit exhausting to see my annual fees go towards other parks within the park system while my local track gets no love.
As a byproduct of all of that, I sat down a couple weeks ago in one of my more frustrated moments with the thought to draft some new lines out there. Some of what I included was based off of an original plan of the park that was drafted in 2003.
When you look at what was planned, it makes you sad. When you talk to the people at the park, the discussion usually veers towards topics (excuses?) like sustainability, necessity and sensitivity and I get some of that but for the most part, they just feel like excuses.
Anyway, as previously mentioned, I decided based off of the original map to draft Santan Reimagined. I took what I thought would be sustainable lines and tried to make the set up of the trail system such that it would do a good job of spreading the users out. Also, I re-routed some of the worst sections that were poorly designed. Anything you see in RED is a re-route.
I know it's a pipe dream, but a boy can wish.
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