Claremont COURIER/Friday, April 5, 2013
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Hard line at park is unjustified
Dear Editor:On March 28, I was finishing my walkon the Claremont Wilderness Park trail. Iarrived to the entrance at 7 p.m. I, alongwith many others, was stopped and tick-eted by a Claremont police officer forleaving the park after 6:30 p.m., theposted time for park closure.I actually hadn’t noticed the sign’s spe-cific closure times, as I was checking outthe new parking lot. Previously, I believethere were signs that indicated the parkclosed at “dusk” in the older parking lot.I have been walking this trail for thedecade I’ve been living in Claremont andhad never seen a group of police officerslined up to “catch” hikers. I never take acar to the park. I do not walk in the hills inthe dark. I was actually hurrying home toavoid being up there in the dark.After being written up for the $50ticket, I did examine the newly postedsign closely. On April 1, the park closuretime changes to 7:30 p.m. I find it partic-ularly irritating that I was issued a ticket 3days prior to the closure time changing byan hour.Certainly, the ticketing had nothing todo with maintaining my safety or thesafety of others. The officers were notfriendly. This was not about getting hikersto pay attention to the signs. It was simplya way to “enforce” the new rules and col-lect money. Dozens of tickets werestuffed under their windshields and theirbadges.I don’t understand the need to take sucha hard line in the opening days of thepark’s new rules and parking facility. I ob- ject to the size of the fine and to the in-flexible and arbitrary way that Claremontis approaching this issue.
Dear Editor:On the afternoon of March 27, I de-cided to go hiking at the ClaremontWilderness Trail at the top of Mills Av-enue. I had not been there for a couple of years and had noticed how beautiful itlooked. I also noticed a sign stating thatbeginning in April, parking permits wouldhave to be obtained to park in the lots.Soon after entering the park, I cameupon a 2-foot rattlesnake in the middle of the trail. One female jogger had her head-phones on as she stepped no more than afoot away from it. I called her attention tothe situation and she responded with a“thank you” and began taking pictures of it with her cell phone. I took it upon my-self to stay there and caution hikers and joggers of the situation.Several people wanted to kill the rat-tler, while others would have been obliv-ious of its presence. After about 20minutes, the snake slithered back into thebrush.Although I was behind in my 5-milehike/run, I felt good about possibly pre-venting someone from receiving a snakebite.When I finished my workout and ap-proached the exit gate, I noticed 50 ormore people standing there unable to exit.I looked at my watch and noticed the timewas 6:40 p.m. The Claremont police werenot allowing anyone to leave until they re-ceived a $50 “parking violation” ticket.I was outraged at this and watched asmore hikers came down from the hills andgot into line. I stayed out of line and spoketo many of the people. I was not alone inthe feeling that the park had always beenopen until dusk. It certainly was not duskat 6:40 p.m.The Claremont police officers werequick to point out a new sign that read“Park closes at 6:30 p.m.” I did not seethe sign on my way in and since I had notbeen there in over a year, I was still underthe impression that it closed at dusk.I now must re-evaluate my act of “hu-manity,” playing the guardian role to boththe rattlesnake and the public. Had it notbeen for my 20 minutes of being a “GoodSamaritan,” I would have been out of thepark, completely unaware of the situation.I regret breaking my bond with Clare-mont. I will miss my visits to the Village,but cannot and will not spent anotherdime in a city where this type of robberytakes place.
Benjamin W. Boetel
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