Build a Trail in Kellogg Park to connect to the MetroLink station.

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What can I do?

Sign this petition, add your thoughts, and share with others, to show your support for building a trail in Kellogg Park to connect to the MetroLink station.

If you want to go a step further, write the Maplewood Mayor and your Ward representative.

And if you want to be a rock star, come out to the June 13th City Council meeting held at City Hall at 7:30pm.

What is this about?

For many years, the City of Maplewood has been eligible for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of roughly $64,000. The purpose of the grant is to provide assistance, either directly to households of low-to-moderate income (LMI), or to areas of the City where more than 51% of households are LMI. Historically, the City has chosen to make these funds available in increments of roughly $5,000, to households looking to make improvements to their home. While the remodeling assistance program is an appropriate use of the CDBG funds, it has left out the needs of the roughly 61% of residents that reside in rentals. We are proposing that the city use a part of the funds to install a permanent trail in Kellogg Park that would connect the LMI community nearby with the Metrolink.

What problem are we trying to fix?

One of the areas in Maplewood eligible for the funds is northward of the Maplewood Metrolink station. This area, while small in square footage, contains a high density of LMI households that rely on access to the MetroLink station as their main form of transportation. An average of 900 people board the train or bus at the Maplewood station every day! To get to this station from would require you to walk more than four blocks around Kellogg Park to the Manchester entrance. For years, people have been beating a path through Kellogg Park to reduce their commute. The path is so frequently used that it is even visible from space! (on GoogleMaps) On a nice day, the walk through the park is enjoyable. But on a rainy day, the trail turns muddy. In the early morning or during the evening when the whole park is pitch black and people make their way through overgrown bushes in the dark, it becomes a safety hazard. And for individuals with mobility issues, it is completely impossible to traverse. It’s time for Maplewood to use this money to address the needs of the communities for which it was intended. While we spend over $700,000/year to repair our potholed streets, we must not forget the needs of community members who rely on walking and transit to get around.

How do we fix it?

It’s simple, build a trail that is safe and accessible for all. Use the Community Development Block Grant to develop this much-needed amenity to benefit everyone in our community.

How much will it cost?

The length of the path is roughly 300ft long. Assuming a 4’ wide path, at a cost of $6-$10/sq ft[1] the estimated cost for the trail would be roughly $7,000-$12,000. The end of the path may be owned by MetroLink, which would require a partnership with the City to plan the whole path appropriately.

What Can I Do?

Sign this petition, add your thoughts, and show your support for building a trail in Kellogg Park. If you want to go a step further, come out to the June 13th City Council meeting held at City Hall at 7:30pm.

And who are you guys?

We are a group of Maplewood neighbors who’ve come together to make our voices heard.

 

[1] ConcreteNetwork.com, Walkway Cost, Accessed 5/11/17, https://www.concretenetwork.co m/concrete/walkways/cost.html



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