3 visits per week of 1-2 hrs @ $1.50/hr * 4 weeks/month = 3 x 1.5 x 2 x 4 = $36/month on top of a $50 membership, which is a 72% increase.
That's an odd working definition of "not impacted".
While the airport spokesman may claim the master planning process has been very transparent, the land use portion of the planning was anything but. I sit on the Policy Advisory Committee for this master planning process, and the consultants working on the land use portion of the plan did not discuss this with the Policy Advisory Committee at all before going public with their plans. Likewise they did not contact any of the airport neighbors, the private land owners along Old Reedy Creek Rd., Umstead Park, Lake Crabtree County Park, etc.... From my perspective the land use plan was done in a vacuum, by people who don't live in, or understand, the area.
A gym that costs between $40 and $50 a month for an individual will not be impacted by the city charging for parking. People who can't afford to park downtown ALSO cannot afford YMCA memberships. If the YMCA is worried about it, they can pay to lease additional parking around the YMCA for their members.
There are free gyms provided in Rec Centers by the City of Durham Parks and Recreation dept.
Thursday's rally is an opportunity for us to bring the community's desire for RDU to rethink it's 2040 vision plan... Although we would ultimately like the greenspace to stay as is, we understand their need to generate revenue. We just want the airport authority to pause any further action to adopt the current plans so we can explore - together- the idea of creating a destination trail center; with multi-use trails for cyclists, runners, walkers, hikers...families, visitors, high school cross-country teams, students, boy scouts, business travelers, researchers, corporate leaders, etc. We are all out there, all the time.
If we move forward with these plans, we will no longer be able to smile when we hear visitors flying into RDU exclaim, “It’s so green!” The very idea of creating an office park and digging out a quarry is the opposite of preserving natural resources for health and recreation. Man-made concrete trails and distant promises of commercial lakefronts are inconsistent with the critically important benefits of spending time in the natural world.
Once we lose the trails, they are gone. Let's slow down now to really dig deep - together- to create the best plan for the long-term health and vitality of our region's economy and it's citizens.
We have the opportunity to create a destination trail center (and related businesses) unrivaled in the southeast. Let’s give it our best shot!!
Help save the forested lands near Old Reedy Creek within RDU's project area. Please read and sign the petition here:
"Durham to end taxpayer subsidized parking"
You buried the lede. I'm for privilege as much as the next gal, but if people parking are not paying for it, *somebody* is, and math tells us it's the rest of the county, city, and those in lower income areas.
Would you rather have free parking to save a dollar or better schools?
I'm generally in favor of charging for parking downtown. Manage demand, capture some revenue, offset some costs.
My #1 concern is the impact on the downtown YMCA. There isn't enough parking in its own lot to accommodate demand, even during off-peak hours but especially between 5-7 pm, which would fall under meter time. (I don't even try parking in it myself, and just find a spot on the street.)
Parking in the Durham Center lot is officially forbidden but seems (for the moment) tolerated in practice after 5pm. However if the property owners decide to get serious about that (which seems likely if more people start using it to duck the meters) there is going to be a crunch. A lot of people use the Y (rather than other gyms) for budgetary reasons, and if you tack on $1.50-3.00 per visit that changes things rather dramatically. Not everyone lives within walking distance or has flexibility in their schedule.
Not to mention the potential impact on participation in youth programs, etc.
The RDU Airport Authority got itself in hot water with the public once before... in 1968, when voters rejected a proposal bond because of the potential impact of airport expansion on Umstead Park. Not many people remember it.
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