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Vehicle-Free Hours on Five Mile Drive Continue, With a Slight Modification
If you're a regular user of Point Defiance Park, you know that the outer loop of Five Mile Drive has been closed to vehicular traffic in the mornings seven days a week. The closure was a part of a pilot program to gather public input on improving access for non-motorized users.
The pilot program has come to an end, and Metro Parks has assessed public input. According to the Metro Parks press release, a whopping 78% of survey residents approved of the additional vehicle-free hours.
So the decision has been made to continue the closures - sort of. The pilot program had the outer loop (about half of Five Mile Drive) closed until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The decision announced by Metro Parks is that going forward, the loop will remain closed until 10 a.m. on weekdays.
No change will be made to the weekend hours, when the loop is closed to motor vehicles until 1 p.m., and the closures will continue to be a part of future Metro Parks planning conversations for Point Defiance.
So, if you want to get out and run/bike/walk/roll/whatever on Five Mile Drive, free from motor vehicles, you have until 10 a.m. to do it. If you prefer to enjoy the park from the comfort of your vehicle, you'll have to wait until mid-morning.
Does that sound fair?
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