ARPPS Letter Published in Bee Today

Safety is a parkway priority

Re “Parkway values clash in Folsom” (Editorials, Dec. 21): We have long held that there needs to be more safe access to the parkway for the frail elderly and disabled. The proposed project in Folsom appears to meet those criteria, and the concept should be heartily supported.

The Bee editorial claiming lights and developed access intrude upon the naturalness of the parkway – while having some validity – should also consider the public safety issue of well-lighted access, especially for the frail elderly and disabled.

The dangerous access in the Lower Reach area of the parkway – from Discovery Park to Cal Expo – should serve as a model of “how not” to provide well-manicured and well-lighted access to our premier outdoor recreational area; while this new project in Folsom may provide a model of “how to.”

The proper public review is warranted, and one assumes an even better project will emerge to allow greater and safer access to the parkway for the frail elderly and disabled.

– David H. Lukenbill, senior policy director, American River Parkway Preservation Society

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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