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May 1, 2014 12:14 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Meeting to discuss the future of Sabino Canyon

TUCSON - The future of Sabino Canyon is up to its visitors. The Forest Service is seeking input from the public, on how to improve it.

It's been some 20 years since plans were drafted, leaving many of the facilities out-dated. The idea is to tackle specific topics such as trails, roads and bicycle access, facilities, visitor education, plants & animals.

"I wouldn't like to see it spoiled," says visitor Mike Holmes.

Holmes and friend Terri Parker would like to see improved access for the disabled and elderly, but not at the expense of ruining nature.

"We went down a path, and it was fine until we suddenly hit a rocky spot and he got all caught up and couldn't get (his motorized wheelchair) out of it," says Parker.

Holmes adds, "...some of the trails can be a little bit more accessible."

Visitor Tom Kenost from Chicago says he would like to see the Sabino Canyon tram go green.

"Yes, anything that helps nature, the fumes, if you can go electric it would be better, won't kill the surroundings or anything," says Kenost.

Coronado National Forest spokesperson Heidi Schewel says, "The concept plan we're working under, is over 20 years old and a lot of things have changed in that time. So we're asking people - what do you want from Sabino Canyon?"

"Add more water. It's a little shy of water, but I guess it's seasonal," says Kenost with a smile. "Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing, it's just perfect."

The public meeting will be held at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, Thursday May 1 at 6pm.

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