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Why is there no cut-through to enter Halyburton Park?

Ken Little
StarNews

Pine Valley residents can access the entrance to Halyburton Park on 17th Street without getting in their vehicles by taking the sidewalk on John D. Barry Drive to the Cross-City Trail along 17th Street, or by entering from the trail on George Anderson Drive, city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

The city has an easement along the back side of the park adjacent to the neighborhood and considered making this a pedestrian access to the park for residents, Talbert said.

“However, during public meetings held in the design phase of the project, residents were vocal in their opposition to this access point. They overwhelmingly preferred a secure perimeter along the back of the park,” she said.


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3 Responses to “ Why is there no cut-through to enter Halyburton Park?”

  1. On April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm Anna wrote:

    I’m pretty sure the question was meant to inquire why there is no left turn into the park from 17th St. The median is solid and does not allow a left turn directly into the park. Your only choice is to go to the light and make a U-turn.

  2. On April 28, 2011 at 8:23 am Alan wrote:

    Actually, Anna you are close. The original question mentioned that no matter which direction you come from a visitor to the park will drive 1 mile out of the way either coming or going because there is no cut through. Which is counter to the intent of a nature park. Having to waste an additional mile of travel (gas, co2 etc.) to enter or leave the park.

  3. On May 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm JM wrote:

    The answer to the question is that the original agreement that allowed the city to construct S 17th Street through what was then private property only allows for a certain number of median openings. A new one at Halyburton Park would not be allowed.