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Bike park will add to vandalism problem

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In response to letter, “Bike skills park options not examined.”

Well sir, a few years back I biked all throughout Europe, including some mountainous terrain such as in Norway, Switzerland and Austria, with the backpack and a summer’s worth of supplies on the back rack of my bike. And that was all done on a standard bike because shift gear on bikes had not been invented yet.

I’ve only stopped biking here in St. Albert when they came up with that mandatory bicycle-helmet bylaw. I’ve also raised three sons and a daughter later in life who are around your age by now.

St. Albert does have quite a vandalism problem though: Last summer the washrooms in Lions Park were totally trashed.

The most beautiful sculpture at City Hall had been tumbled over and broken to pieces beyond repair, the tombstones at the old cemetery on Mission Hill have been broken and the cemetery trashed numerous times, many schools have been vandalized, playgrounds burned and completely destroyed, the people in the Braeside community had serious problems with youngsters’ loitering. During my time in St. Albert there have been two attempts to set the trestle on fire, there were seven severe fires in bush parks within residential areas on one day during the poplar fluff time, numerous fires in Riverlot 56, one of them a very big one, the BLESS shelter has been vandalized over and over again, the Grandin clubhouse burnt out, a huge fire set in the bush along the lake shore which is included in the Lois Hole Provincial Park now, and the list goes on and on.

I doubt it that all of these instances were caused by 53-year-old bicycling enthusiasts. But vandalism is a serious problem within St. Albert, no matter how much people like to sweep it under the rug.

But these mountain bike riders now want to build their "mountain bike skills park" in the absolute lowest, flattest area that you can find within St. Albert, and on top of that it’s in a marsh where the ground is probably soft and mushy beneath it by quite a depth. Is that reasonable?

Liselotte Engler, St. Albert


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