Biking community mourns park’s temporary closure | Letters

Park’s closure disappoints family

My family was deeply disappointed to learn of the sudden closure of the Upper Luther Burbank Bike Skills Area.

With the COVID pandemic unresolved, that park is a key outdoor recreational outlet for my two sons, especially my youngest son (11 years old) who recently joined the Mercer Island Mountain Bike Team. My son and many of his teammates regularly use that park for training. I feel that the City of Mercer Island should have consulted the Mercer Island Mountain Bike Team and the local biking community in general before implementing this closure.

My family truly hopes that this “temporary” closure does not become permanent. Overall, we believe that the Bike Skills Area is an important community asset, and we will be closely watching how this situation unfolds.

Jay Greer, Mercer Island