Regarding the front-page article, “New elementary school revives Rachel Road extension debate at Amon Creek” (TCH, Nov. 13), connectivity is the key.
The Bonneville Power Administration access road at the south end of the Amon Creek Natural Preserve is adjacent to the railroad right-of-way and is the least disruptive to the preserve. The access road currently provides parking at the southern end of the preserve near the yellow gate off Leslie Road. This parking, along with the Claybell parking, provides wonderful access to the preserve.
Let’s try and maintain the original intent of the agreement Mike Mills helped author in 2009: “... the Amon Creek property, in its present state, has significant natural features and provides critical habitat for fish and wildlife and should be managed as a public nature preserve providing opportunity for education, passive recreation, and quiet enjoyment by the public ...”
I urge the citizens committee to pursue this option for the city of Richland to maintain quality open space for future generations as the communities grow in south Richland.
Jim Kelly, Richland