The Silver Lake Scene–the Jewel of PWC? Supervisors! Be good stewards
I couldn’t stand peace and tranquility so I threw my favorite dog in the car and went on a field trip to Silver Lake. In the first place, if I didn’t know there was a Silver Lake, I could never find it. There is no signage until you actually get to Antioch Road and it is a cheap, worn out looking sign. I know that it is on the same turn off as the winery so I look for the LaGrange sign. If you drive until you see the Silver Lake sign, you can’t make the turn. The road pops out from nowhere. We need adequate signage.
Turning off onto the area where Silver Lake is, you immediately get into rough road territory. Ok, its a lake. Nearly all the property going down to the lake is posted–both sides of the road. If I am a county resident, and I am on county property, why can’t I be there? Something is being built on the left, between the riding arena and Antioch Road. What is back in there? Why can no one tell me? The area is blocked off and there has been heavy equipment back there a year. What is being hidden back there? Again, posted signs.
Onward to Rainbow riding. They had an open door on the left hand side that looked mighty inviting to vandals. Again, posted signs so I didn’t dare get out and poke around. More county property I cannot go on. The huge field across the gravel road that had been graded and is now grassed over is also posted.
The road to Silver lake needs to have the pot holes filled or patches of the road need to be regraded. Some of them are deep enough to break an axle. This is an ongoing problem back there. Fix the road.
Turning in to the first picnic area is just sad. There is just the most wonderful view of the new middle school. Gag! How can the highlight of a lake area, reserved for passive recreation, be a middle school? Middle schools are not passive recreation. There needs to be a barrier between that lake and the school. I don’t care what is placed there as long as something is. What moron came up with a plan to put a middle school right on top of a lake designed for passive recreation, or any lake at all for that matter? Who will do bush patrol to keep the kids from sneaking off to the lake? What person wants to fish while a bunch of kids are around. The school is probably 100 yards tops from the road. A barrier wall needs to be put up and a row of fast-growing trees needs to be planted to preserve the integrity of the lake. The fumes from the buses will probably kill the trees, especially the locusts back in there.
Erect a barrier. Plant a tree fence.
Driving along past the school side, one can look a few feet in the woods and see discarded picnic tables trashing the area. They appear to be the old tables from Silver Lake but who knows. The park visitors have moved the existing tables around so that many are very close to the waters edge and nearly all are inaccessible to the handicapped. What limited handicapped parking there is goes no where except up an earth berm. Most handicapped people cannot get to the tables or the beach.
Make Silver Lake handicapped accessible.
And now for the main event. Put some bear cans in the park. There is a need for cans in the upper area before circling around Silver Lake and there is a need for cans down on the beach and over by the fishing lagoon. There needs to be a can near the bath house and from what Censored says, there should be to be containers in the bathrooms. I expect there also needs to be toilet paper.
It is human nature to litter when there aren’t adequate trash recepticles. Let’s avoid human nature.
Provide adequate trash containers, ones that wild animals cannot get in to.
Supervisors, you insisted on taking this park over and you are not being good stewards. Bull Run Conservancy offered to take it over, keep it maintained, and allow full access to the public. but ohhhhh no. You just had to take it. Well take care of it. You are neglecting the park. It will become an eye sore. In fact, it already has all the signs. How long will it take to become plain old undesirable?
There was an abandoned car back there also. A ranger was taking down all the vitals there. Nice car but it didn’t belong abandoned back there.
Treat Silver Lake like it is something to be proud of. Get it cleaned up and TAKE DOWN THAT SIGN KISSING TOLL BROTHERS’ ASS. I don’t need to see that sign when I drive back there. Put it out front of the school, don’t put it back where all the people who might like to pretend to enjoy nature back there have to look at it. Enough is enough.
Clean up the picnic tables out of the woods and get rid of that Ass-Kissing sign that blemishes the lake area.
The biggest sin of all was taking 3 years to decide to keep the property, insisting on keeping it and then cheaping on it. If you aren’t going to take care of it and at least put in trash cans and keep the road in drivable repair, give it to Bull Run Conservancy, if they will even have it now, so that people who care about the environment will have some control over what happens.
Supervisors, vote no to giving away $100,000 of our money to a private organization. We don’t have it to give. If there is a penny extra, do the right thing with what is left of Silver Lake, before you all completely destroy it. I put recommendations in red. These aren’t novel ideas.