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Rally the Troops  Ken Carpenter
 Nov 09, 2003 19:48 PST 

The revised Master Plan for the Capital Springs Centennial State Park
(CSCSP) will be presented at the Dane County Parks Commission meeting on
Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the City/Co. bldg. on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in
Madison (just off the Capital square). at 5:15 PM in room 2-B. This park is
located on the south end of Madison next to Lake Farm County Park (near
South Towne Drive & south of the beltline).

The Lake Farm County Park has existed for some time and now the County and
State are working together on a plan for the development of a new adjoining
State Park. There has been an effort to request that recreation activities
of interest to equestrians be considered. After attending 3 public
meetings, a group of horse trail advocates have presented their own
alternate option (alternate plan HT) to the planners of this project. We
feel this plan would better utilize the land which was paid for by ALL
taxpayers. Some of the points made to the planners:

       There should be shared-use trails that are 10'-12' wide with a hard
packed surface

       With shared use trails there would be more miles of trails available
for all user groups. This would plan would require less total miles of
trails because all users will use all of the trails. Instead of the planned
separate trails for each group

       State options 'A & 'B' showed need for ski, bike, hiking, dog
walking, & horse trails.

       More user groups will increase the amount of revenue generated from
trail use.

       Perimeter trail around the park would serve dual purpose easy
maintenance and an important fire break around a planned planted prairie.

       Good access for emergence vehicles.

       Horse campground (there is already a RV campground, & group camping
in the County Park and Tent camping planned in the new State Park).

At the last public hearing 2 Options for the Master Plan were presented.
Both included limited horse trails. They were called Option A & Option B:

              Option A = parking area with 1.3 mile trail inside the park
and equestrians obtaining, building & maintaining trails on private land.

              Option B = parking area and NO trails inside park and ALL
horse trails obtained, built & maintained by equestrians on private lands in
the area)

There has been a petition circulated around the area. The petition lays out
the Alternate Plan HT above. At the Parks Commission Meeting this week,
this alternate plan will be presented. Your voice is needed at this
meeting. The Dane County Parks department needs to clearly hear that area
horsemen haven't had their voices heard on this issue. A SEA OF COWBOY HATS
is needed at this meeting. Can we count on you?

For more info contact; Ken Carpenter at nail-@charter.net or Margie Kraege
at Mediu-@webtv.net Thank you!

Ken Carpenter
a director: WI State Horse Council
pres: Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association
nail-@charter.net 608-576-4104
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