According to this StarTribune article, Rosemount is looking to add 10 rest stops around the city’s sidewalks and bike paths in order to aid an aging population. The mayor believes this is a necessity and the city feels it will give a great view of the outdoors while people do. The budget for the 10 stops is $50,000 but the city is doing everything it can to keep the costs down.
From the article:
“In the last two or three years, on some of our heavily used trails, I’ve noticed some people sitting on a power box because we don’t have any place for anyone to take a rest while they’re walking,” said Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste. “When you build trails, especially when you can go a couple miles, you should have places that a resident shouldn’t have to climb up on an electrical power box and sit there for a break.”
The city set a target budget of $50,000 for the project, which will include 10 cutout areas, each one different from the next. Many will be placed in gravel instead of a more expensive material.
“It’s unlikely that any two of the sites would have exactly the same cost because they’re all going to be slightly different, depending upon what that particular site needs,” said Tom Schuster, Rosemount parks supervisor. But, he added, “We’re not going to go overboard on any of them.”
Unfortunately for Rosemount, just the idea of adding these is going overboard. There is no need to spend $50,000 on trails and sidewalks and people are quite capable of finding their own seating when they need it. While the city is keeping the costs down by not going for more expensive materials and is stretching the building out over several years, they should have instead opted to do nothing at all. While the mayor believes this will help adoption of trail use, all it will do is create more upkeep costs in the future.
What do you think about this one? Are you not using bike paths or sidewalks because there is no where for you to sit? Do you believe that Rosemount has an aging population and this $50,000 expenditure is necessary? Do you find it ironic that that the city claims they’re keeping the costs low while they build out the 10 rest stops? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.