When I moved to River Meadows, the selling feature to this area was the Woodbridge Wilderness Area park I had access to on a daily basis. That access has been reduced from 365 days a year to the first and third weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I would like to see this public area opened every weekend from Labor Day until Memorial Day.
Since the Friends of Woodbridge Wilderness Area have been volunteering to clean and operate it, this area has become a lot safer. My hat goes out to those caring volunteers.
Any detrimental environmental impact caused by increased usage of the area, I feel, would only make a negligible difference at worst. By closing off the area, criminal activity would increase. The area would no longer be considered a public area. An injustice for all concerned.
Also, the Sheriff's cadets stand in front of the gate and take names, misleading a new resident to feel as if they were walking into an unsafe or "Gestapo" environment, an image we don't want to portray. They are there to keep order, but would better serve the area by walking it and introducing themselves with a welcoming smile and offering assistance.
Please come to the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 26, at 9 a.m. in Stockton, at the court house on 44 N. San Joaquin St., floor 6. Have your say about the continual downsizing of hours for the public wilderness area that we, as taxpayers, are paying for.