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Public Recreation Threatened at MDC Properties

Created at 7/8/2010 6:49 AM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 7/8/2010 6:49 AM  by Ron Knapp 

Connecticut residents are urged to attend a public meeting set for Tuesday, July 20th at 5:30pm at the Auditorium at the Town Hall in West Hartford and help convince the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) not to close its doors to public recreation.  Whether you are someone who enjoys running, riding, walking, skiing, bird watching, or dog walking on MDC lands, you need to show the MDC that we wish public access to continue.

 

As you may have heard, last May a Superior Court jury awarded $2.9 million to a mountain biker who was injured at the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) Reservoir property in West Hartford.  In response to this surprising verdict, the MDC is considering a closure of all its lands to all recreational activities. While Connecticut’s Recreational Liability Statute offers private individuals and utilities a high degree of liability protection, protections offered municipalities and non-profit municipal corporations, such as the MDC, have eroded over the past 15 years.  This needs to be changed by the legislature.

Steps you can do to help:

 

1) Attend the upcoming public hearing before the MDC’s Water Bureau to discuss closing MDC properties to all recreational access (not just running).  We need to fill the room with all those who support the MDC and wish to continue to use the MDC trails.  The meeting location has changed a couple of times, though the date has been set for Tuesday, July 20th at 5:30pm.  The meeting location currently is the Auditorium at the Town Hall in West Hartford.  We urge you to attend.  Please check out www.SaveTheMDCTrails.org for any last minute venue changes.

 

2) Sign the Online Petition urging CT’s Legislature to strengthen the Recreational Liability Law:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/fixtherecreationliabilitylaw

 

3) Pass on this notice to any and everyone who enjoys recreating on MDC properties.

 

Thank you for your support.