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Open Space Update at Park & Rec Meeting Tonight

Belmont Open Space Discussion

The Belmont Park and Recreation Commission will have an update report and a discussion on the open space areas of Belmont at its regular November meeting, Wednesday Nov. 7 at 7p.m. The commission meets in the City Council Chambers of Belmont City Hall, One Twin Pines Lane.

The report will review several aspects of open space including trail access, use and maintenance; interface with neighborhoods; fire management and environmental benefits.  Much of the report will focus on the Waterdog and Western Hills areas but the San Juan Canyon purchases and future plans will be included.

This is not intended to be a discussion specifically about the development of the purchased properties in the San Juan areas but a map of the properties will be included and the people who have expressed concern about those properties are welcome to make their views public at the meeting.

Anyone else who uses and loves the open space areas is encouraged to come to the meeting to make your views known including if you have concerns about use. 

Although there have been no reported injuries or significant issues, there have been some reports of concern about mountain bike riders and several complaints about dogs off leash.  

If you love the open space or you have any concerns about the open space, please come join the discussion.  You can review the staff report on the Belmont Website or click here.

Have a great day!

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Rumana Jabeen November 09, 2012 at 04:44 PM
There is a group of us very concerned about the development in the San Juan C anyon and we are trying to work with the city council to designate it as open space. I just got the email from Belmont Patch today and found out that there was a meeting on Wednesday. Did you attend the meeting? I would like to get more information about this meeting. Where do I find it?
Michael Schmitz November 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I didn't know about this meeting until this moment. My Belmont Patch update comes at the end of the week, so I didn't know about the meeting on Wednesday. Development in the San Juan Canyon is a very urgent concern of mine. Where do I find out what discussions took place regarding the canyon, and what are the next actions? I am planning to go to the Council meeting on Tuesday. In discussions with Coralin and Dave Warden, I wish someone had mentioned that Parks and Rec was also discussing the issue.
Kevin Sullivan November 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
The focus of the topic at the Park & Rec meeting was primarily around current open space use in the Waterdog Lake and Western Hills trails history and usage. The report from staff expanded to include Public/Private land interface in those areas, Fire Management, Native/ invasive species and environmental benefits of open space. The staff report can be found by clicking the link in the original post. The San Juan Canyon properties were identified and a couple of folks commented on them but the discussion regarding those properties was somewhat limited and focused on the future need to create a trails plan there once the property issues are completed. To view this meeting (or any previous meetings) you can go to the City website and follow links to Live/Archived web streams. The City Council has postponed this topic and it is not on the Nov 13 meeting. My understanding is this was done because other topics regarding fees for garbage and storm water are on the agenda and are expected to take a lot of time. I am not certain when San Juan will come back up but I would guess the following council meeting. Look for a new Blog from me shortly for my thoughts on San Juan and citizens responsibility for keeping informed on city issues.
Michael Schmitz November 09, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Many thanks! I'll try to keep up.

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