Trail Route at Core of Scott's Branch Trail Dispute
COLUMBIA - Residents are still at odds over the Scott's Branch Trail. The source of the problem is the trail's route. Columbia city council will hold a series of meetings in June to weigh all options and make a final decision for the trail.
Originally the Scott's Branch Trail was supposed to run along the streets near Dublin Avenue Park. However, when people heard about this plan they were upset. The city proposed an alternate route that had the trail going through the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. But people didn't like that as well.
Residents living near Dublin Avenue Park say the trail would be dangerous along their streets. They say the trail would cause a lot of dangerous traffic in the neighborhood, for the trail would cross in front of several driveways. Columbia's Audubon Society is also worried, they think that the trail would affect the wildlife living in the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary.