Just want to say thanks for publishing my guest commentary proposing the establishment of the Gold Star Nature Trail (May 14, "Gold Star Drive is not a dead end"). I'll provide an update on the state of the trail. The trail is an asphalt-covered block of Madison Avenue extending from the earth berm in the Ogden City Cemetery at the end of Gold Star Drive down the hill to the Ogden River Parkway. It's a major throughway for pedestrians and bikers who want to avoid traffic on the streets.
It is also the shortest, most direct route from the inner city to Pioneer Stadium, home of Ogden's 78th Annual Pioneer Days Celebration. This is the way people used to get there, back in the day, but today it looks terrible.
The busted, rusted wide-open gate is still there at the foot of the hill, a few yards from the red and white "no dumping" sign. In the bushes across from the sign, someone has donated a Lazee Boy recliner, in two pieces.
The tree that was falling over and blocking pedestrian access is still falling, although it is possible to get past if you can limbo. Scores of kids, bikers, hikers, and dog walkers do so every day.
It turns out there are actually two trees falling over. The good news is they are mulberry trees and there's a bumper crop this year because of all the rain and because of the mountain of compost being bulldozed over the trunks of the trees by the adjacent Ogden City Compost Facility. That's why they're falling over.
My suggestion is that Ogden City should support and promote pedestrian access and discontinue its policy of "benign neglect" for this natural bridge between its citizens and the Ogden River.
If you let people walk, they won't have to drive.