Point Higgins/CGB Trail Update
By Carrie Dolwick
January 06, 2007
The grant referred to in the article "Group works to secure
long-term public access to Coast Guard and South Point Higgins
Beaches" By VALERIE HENDLE, to complete the trail from Point
Higgins School to CGB, is no longer pending. The news that the
grant is held up is a huge disappointment for the Borough, who
invested financially to complete and submit the grant, and to
many community members who have invested time, energy and resources
into the trail and the important public recreation opportunities
it gives to community members.
In November, the Borough assembly unanimously passed resolution
2012 that authorized the submittal of a grant application and
2013 that authorized the Borough manager to request an update
and extension of a Revocable License for Land Use between the
Mental Health Land Trust (MHLT) and the KGB to allow the trail
on the MHLT land. The second half of the trail traverses MHLT
The Alaska State Parks grant was stalled when the MHLT would
now allow the pursuit of necessary permits necessary for the
grant award and placed stipulations on the Revocable License.
During the process to update the license, the MHLT stated in
the final grant application the that the extension of the land
use license authorized in Resolution 2013, would Authorize use
of the trail by the general public and will not authorize trail
construction, reconstruction or maintenance until such time as
rezone and subdivision of Trust land, USS 3762, also local known
as Coast Guard Beach, is complete and a permanent trail location
has been determined .
This statement called into question the readiness of the grant
application by the grant administrator and thus led to the end
of the grant possibility.
The trail from Point Higgins Elementary School to Coast Guard
Beach is extremely important for the community. Teachers, members
of the PTA and volunteers started planning for a trail from Point
Higgins Elementary to CGB when the school was completed in 1986.
Thousands of dollars of materials and services were donated by
community members to complete the first half of the trail. The
trail is historically and currently used by the school to access
CGB for educational trips and experiences. It is part of the
school s core curriculum. The trail is also used for community
Toughies camp outs where youth learn outdoor survival skills.
For now the trail will go un-improved, but it will not stop the
community from frequenting the beach for educational and recreational
opportunities. The demise of the trail grant has no effect on
the mission of Ketchikan Beaches Association to plan for formal
solutions to provide long-term public access to the Coast Guard
and South Point Higgins Beaches and uplands.
Received January 05, 2007 - Published January 06, 2006
About: " I serve as the
coordinator of the Ketchikan Beaches Assocation (KBA) who is
dedicated to the aquisition and maintenance of Ketchikan community
beaches. I have a Masters of Public Administration with focus
in Envriornmental Management and Energy Policy."
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