Kudos to Bill Vogel for keeping the Loeb Park River Trail open and usable for the past twenty years. I have seen him hard at work there many times the past few years, while the only park employees I have ever seen have only been putting up closure signs.

Like the Pacific Coast Trail, the river trail has only been passable due largely to the efforts of hard working volunteers. The state park staff's excuse that the river trail may remain closed for two more years due to budget concerns because of their decisions to close revenue producing areas is ridiculous.

Loeb Park has remained closed all summer but surely not for COVID-related reasons because somehow Harris Beach has remained open during that same time period.

The summer maintenance costs at Loeb could not possibly exceed the revenue that could be gained from the millions of dollars in infrastructure that has already been installed there in recent years. It seems the only thing the local state park staff has been busy with this year is closing places and making excuses.

Kevin Vanginderen

Brookings

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