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Umstead State Park will keep shortcut closed

Posted November 4, 2009

— The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation decided Tuesday against a change that would have opened a shortcut into William B. Umstead State Park.

The state took up the issue after hearing from hikers who used a neighborhood pedestrian entrance from Graylyn Drive to access the park’s trails.

Residents balked at the use and the vehicles it brought to their neighborhood. They complained and in Sept. 2008 got the state Department of Transportation to post “no parking” signs and block off the entrance, which leads to a maintenance road.

Lewis Ledford, director of the state parks, said the decision to keep the access closed was based on concerns about security and the cost of establishing it as a permanent, public entrance.


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  • edits Nov 4, 2009

    Ha Ha Lizard! That was funny! I'm sure that several people are biting their nails after that comment.

  • mjjunk Nov 4, 2009

    They need to add a tax to the residential property adjoining the park in order to raise funds so we can address "concerns about security and the cost of establishing it as a permanent, public entrance". This is a public park, not a private country club.

  • nccowbo Nov 4, 2009

    Easy Fix Purchase a home there. Then you will have access to the park. I love outside the City so I don't have to put up with cars parking my my street, as I did when I lived in the city. Now when I want to go to Umstead, which I do a few times a year, I use the Main entrance to the park. I even take my horse with me.

  • dcatz Nov 4, 2009

    By god if they want a disturbance I'll give it to them. Everyone should go down to that neighborhood and lay on their horns.

    Yankees and their McMansions need to go back north.

  • lizard Nov 4, 2009

    Where do I park to go deer hunting now?

  • joel Nov 4, 2009

    The McMansions succeeded in doing the same thing on the Trenton Rd. side of the park as well. Apparently the park is for the wealthy to enjoy conveniently, not the public. Nevermind that some of the home-value comes from the public park itself.

  • BigUNCFan Nov 4, 2009

    Obviously pandering to the mcmansion crowd.

    Nothing changes.

  • aj6 Nov 4, 2009

    this never was a problem before the mcmansions were built. obviously the wealthy homeowners must have shared the wealth and lined some politicians in the parks systems pockets.

    remember the names and the politicians that put them there and vote against them next time around.

  • irishale Nov 4, 2009

    "to appease a small handful of wealthy residents"

    Well... duh! That's how things work, right?

  • RedsoxFan Nov 4, 2009

    This is ridiculous. The DOT and State Park Department close a public access point to appease a small handful of wealthy residents, who do not hesitate to use the access road themselves!

    This is a blatant decision to please the wealthy few homeowners, while robbing hikers and bikers of an area gem.