Letter: Gulch has bigger problems than dirt track
If you really want to make an impact on the environment in Japanese Gulch, maybe focus on the right thing.
Recently, someone took the time to tear down one of my favorite dirt tracks. My little dirt track was only about 250 feet long with a couple of jumps and a burm.
The track was fun for me and others, it kept us active outdoors and it barely had any environmental impact. I don’t understand why anyone would take the time to tear it down when there are bigger problems in the gulch.
For instance, by the top of the gulch near the creek, there are a few tons of old, creepy cars, plastic bags, a wardrobe, and bunches of tires leeching chemicals into the creek. The creek carries the chemicals into the Puget Sound, and that contaminates the sea life and seafood.
This is a much bigger problem than my dirt track. I think that more people should spend more time on the bigger concern, and leave all the tracks alone.
Spencer Jacobson, 9
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Beacon asked city planner Karl Almgren to respond to this letter. In 2014, the city purchased a 98-acre area of Japanese Gulch between the 76th Street Trailhead and the dog park with grant money that required the area be covered by a conservation easement that does not allow dirt jumps, he said. The city removed an existing BMX dirt bike course at the time, but has not removed anything since, he said. The Japanese Gulch Master Plan identifies the 76th Street Trailhead, outside the conservation easement, as the site for a future dirt jump bike course, planning for which is hamstrung by financial constraints, he said. Automotive junk dumped near the creek is on private property within the city of Everett adjacent to the city’s property, he said.