It is still an open question as to whether there will (or should) be mountain biking in Watchung Reservation as the issue will be explored again at tonight’s freeholder meeting, possibly in open session, but definitely in closed session:
To the extent known, the following items will be discussed in Executive Session:1) Attorney-Client privileged communications and discussions relative to potential litigation, possible violations of law and potential contract negotiations with CME relative to issues relating to the Trail Master Plan.
Union County talks about having CME Engineers preparing a master plan for Watchung Reservation though, according to their website, they can build all kind of things but the sad fact is they are Engineers… even their best recreation projects some LA still in school could do a better design. It’s like if you have a dental problem but you get an optometrist working on you… not a pleasant thought.Sad but this is what our Union County government is doing to your Olmsted Park System. Frankly, it’s a disgrace. It’s a real life Olmsted Park system and should be lead by historic preservation landscape architects and civil engineers brought in as a secondary role. The fact the organization doesn’t see this simple fact is why Union County’s Olmsted Park System is so messed up. Sadly probably the most mismanaged and destroyed Olmsted Park System in the entire USA.
Historic Preservation Landscape Architects should be guiding the process and Civil Engineers should be playing a secondary role. Union County with the ‘Pay to Play’ system as the main criteria has the whole thing reversed. You are aware of the Watchung ATB fiasco, but more damage is happening to the Union County Park System than you can imagine.And oddly our $500 million a dollar a year government won’t do anything about it! Strangely (as has happened all across the USA already in other Olmsted Parks) it comes down to individual American Citizens who somehow recognize the problem, organize, form a conservancy, register the parks, figure out a Preservation management Plan and lead the restoration of the Olmsted vision. Seems to happen again and again across the USA with Olmsted Park System and now the seeds seem to beginning to be sown here in Union County. It’s not an easy task. It will take years of tenacity and dedication but the Olmsted ideal will prevail in the end… again the same process has already happened in many other Olmsted Park across the USA. Union County should be no different.Our $500 million dollars in taxes a year has failed to provide an appropriate and sustainable Olmsted Park System (something we inherited at great expense and effort of our ancestors) and again it comes down to only individual American citizens and the rights and opportunities provided us by our founding fathers to correct the problem.
CME Associates campaign contributions to Union County freeholders and their cronies: $303,025
CME Associates payments from Union County from 2004 through 2016 according to the check registry: $1,089,456