Last night Jeff Moser and I attended the Open Space Advisory Committee meeting at the Carson City Community Center. There was a long agenda, but Juan Guzman was thoughtful enough to move the citizens’ participation portion of the agenda first, so we wouldn’t have to sit through their entire meeting.
I could tell you what was said by the other presenters’ who went before me, and what they were presenting, but I don’t remember what was said. All I could think of was, what am I going to say? I’m going to be on TV, I have to speak into a microphone, I have to speak in front of a lot of people. I WAS NERVOUS!
I know it’s hard to believe, but I have a fear of public speaking. Most of you who’ve met me on the trail probably think I never shut up. But I was nervous. Fortunately for me, Jeff M. was there for support, and every time I stuttered or paused, Juan stepped in and filled the gap with pertinent information.
So the long story short: most of the Committee members have used the Creek Trail and they like it. They all recognize its value to our community. When the meeting started, I was informed that our trail project was designated as a low priority. I was surprised when the Committee voted unanimously to move it to the top of the priority list.
This doesn’t mean we’ll break ground tomorrow. It does mean the process will now move a little quicker. There are a few reasons this happened. The staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation support this project, the Open Space Advisory Committee recognizes the “quality of life” this project brings to Carson City, and most important, Muscle Powered is involved. If I would have approached the City and said I wanted to build a trail, I don’t think they would have taken me seriously.
But because of the support of such a respected organization, and it was acknowledged by committee members that Muscle Powered has stepped up to the plate in the past for projects such as this, they voted unanimously to approve moving forward with the Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon Trail project.
Thank you Muscle Powered!