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Letter: Hoping the access point is reopened

January 15, 2014

Much to the dismay of many local residents, the access point to the Cross Town Trail at the west end of Flanders Road was recently closed by the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department. We were delighted the La Cañada Flintridge Parks and Recreation Commission recently voted to take all necessary steps to get the Flanders Road access point reopened.

People using the entrance include children and parents walking to and from school, local residents taking walks, local residents walking their dogs, children playing in the open space, hikers, and bike riders. Many people have been using this entrance every day for many years for play, health and pleasure.

We live at the end of Flanders Road right next to the Flanders access gate and the Edison Line easement. For many years we have thoroughly enjoyed watching all the people who have used the gate to access the Cross Town Trail. Everyone using the entrance has been respectful of our property, and the occasional cars parked in front of our house do not cause any problem for us.

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Some people may have noticed that L.A. County Parks and Recreation also installed a chain-link fence along the west side of our front yard. We were not asked or consulted, but the county did have the right to install the fence. The county workers and supervisors have been very pleasant and considerate, and we appreciate the good job they are doing removing the dead oleander next to our property.

We sincerely hope the Flanders access point to the Cross Town Trail in front of our house will be reopened.

Melinda Thompson and Bill Scherkey
La Cañada Flintridge

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