I’ve read the different perspectives on the consequences of essentially closing the Glendenning Road entrance to Mount Douglas Park to everyone except those lucky few who make it into one of just five parking spots.
I agree with Peter Savage, this entrance provides a gradual incline and a nice wide trail that is friendly for all ages and physical abilities. I have tried parking my car in the dirt along Cedar Hill Road, and with two small dogs I often have to deal with cars whizzing by.
Same goes for the roadside on Blenkinsop – narrow and vulnerable to traffic. The brand new parking lot on Blenkinsop would have been perfect – had it been installed on Glendenning. Right now the new parking lot ends up on a steep very rocky path suitable for more adventurous hikers.
I see two possible solutions: build the 15-car parking lot as Mr. Savage suggested or widen the road so residents who would like to access their park won’t be impeding emergency vehicles, or horses.