As of Thursday, January 16, 2014
The results of a survey pertaining to adding more trails to the Lyle Cherry Orchard property will be revealed and discussed at a meeting at the Lyle Activity Center on Jan. 22.
The Friends of the Columbia River Gorge are proposing adding more trails to the Cherry Orchard Property, which the group owns, as part of the Gorge Towns to Trails effort, which would connect trails and urban areas throughout the National Scenic Area if it ever comes to fruition.
The survey was posted online and Dan Miller, a community planner with the National Park Service, offered to mail the survey to anyone without Internet access. The survey asked whether or not more trails are desired in the area and, if so, what types of trails would be most used, among multiple other questions regarding a new trail system.
Community meetings in Lyle have revealed a polarized view of whether or not more trails are needed. Some Lyle residents have expressed distrust in The Friends and say the trails that are currently in existence are not maintained. Others simply seem to think that Lyle residents do not use the trails and that out-of-area visitors are the only people who use trails in and around Lyle.
On the other side of the issue, proponents of increased outdoor recreation and bringing outside business into Lyle think more trails and even a connection between the Cherry Orchard property and town would be beneficial to the area.
Lyle residents are encouraged to attend the meeting regarding the survey on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Lyle Activity Center.