It was with some dismay that I read your article regarding the city of Frederick’s intention to install gated access to the Frederick City Watershed. It is beyond me who might consider this a good idea. This area is a gem, a resource that almost no other city has. It is used extensively by all manner of outdoorsy types: hikers, bikers, horsemen, hunters, fishers, birders and just plain nature lovers. Sometimes I just like to take a drive through there to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The article said this restricted entry is to combat illegal trash dumping. Really? If a neighborhood has a speeding problem, is the answer to close the street or restrict access to daytime use only? Of course not.
This action is similar to the Frederick city leadership fiasco regarding the city logo. The citizens of Frederick were excluded from the process and the same is true here. This sets up a pattern of disenfranchising the citizens. Come on, Mr. Mayor. Fix this and the process.