point lobos trail to be wheelchair accessible

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Jake Bentley, parks maintenance supervisor, walks a section of Bird Island Trail at Point Lobos State Reserve.
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BDCLOWN

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YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING !$500k !? WHAT NEXT ?
Beachwalker

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I think this is an outstanding idea. Having cared for a non-ambulatory child for 10 years, I can appreciate the wonderful opportunity this presents for families to enjoy areas otherwise off limits. I know it's a lot of money but remember, it wasn't that long ago the Park Service reminded all of us that they are a revenue source for the government. Sounds like an all around good idea.
TheTruth

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Unbelievable. I think it's great that handicapped people will have access, but at what cost? Can this state really afford $500K right now on something so non-essential? No wonder this state is in dire straights.
Tony

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I guess California is no longer broke?
Phred

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Initially a great idea but isn't it a bit hypocritical. When I was a kid there a few years back the park ranger yelled at me from a hillside then ran down to me and jumped down my throat for picking up a pine cone and putting it in a different spot. He then gave me a long speech on how it is the purpose of Point Lobos to always look as it did thousands of years ago and not to ever disturb anything there again. How many pine cones are you going to have to move? Are you using wood from trees there or is it okay to cut someone elses trees. You guys are pulling a Yellow Stone by making changes in a complex system you know nothing about.
Angry taxpayer

Monterey, CA

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$500K to build a wheelchair path? Are these people insane? While this might be a worthwhile objective,, no way can you justify spending that kind of money when the state is going broke and the Fed is burning thru money at the fastest rate in history. We need to vote against every incumbent office holder at every level of government to get these fools out of office and replace them with fiscal conservatives.
Kevin

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Cool, they can get to Pt Lobos by scooting through the $2 million tunnel under CV Road....
Ms Smith

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Aug 27, 2010
 
Youu must be kidding.. What next Mt. Whitney? This is more total waste of taxpayer dollars and the continued decline of this once great state. This condition has gone way over the top. No longer do reasonable minds prevail in California
just

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All terrain wheelchairs are the solution. There are even 4x4 versions. Instead of building another ugly road in this beautiful area, provide more capable wheelchairs to provide access.
Davenport Landing in Santa Cruz County is a perfect example of what not to do for wheelchair access. The county built (with federal funds) a really ugly mess of a ramp that is rarely used. An all terrain wheelchair would have solved this access problem elegantly without creating an ugly mess.
Reality Check

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Sep 6, 2010
 
$500K for six tenths of a mile? For a trail?!

p.s.'calender'? No spell checker in Monterey, either?
Paralyzed friend

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Oct 19, 2012
 
Though I understand the comments below concerning the use of taxpayer dollars, it is obvious none if you have been unfortunate enough to have a close friend or family member have their legs stripped from them in a heartbeat and have to face the rest of their life confined to a wheelchair. My family and I have been going to Point Lobos for over 20 years, and last year my youngest sister, the youngest in our family, was ran over by a car while walking across the street in a crosswalk on her way to school. The driver fled the scene, leaving her paralyzed and barely alive. She's only 22 now, and is confined to live in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Some of the best moments of her life were spent at Point Lobos on our family vacation, and because of projects like this, she will be able to continue enjoying the park for the rest of her life. Thanks to those who pushed for this and see the value in making these amazing places accessible to all.

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