Popular trail near State Veterans Cemetery closed off, due to misuse
Jennifer Auh reports on the popular trail near the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery closed, due to misuse. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
A popular trail located next to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery is currently shut down. Cemetery workers said too many people, who use the trail, ignore the rules and disrespect the grounds.
The cemetery workers told us the veterans’ cemetery is supposed to be a quiet place to honor those who've fought for our country.
The cemetery has thousands of veterans and their families laid to rest there, and there's a beautiful veteran's trail, near the cemetery. However, workers there are dealing with several issues.
"Last week, Ridge to Rivers came out and picked up 327 full bags of dog waste along this trail," said Patti Murphy, Cemetery Spokeswoman.
Despite all of the signs, she said pet owners let their dogs off leash and don't pick up after them on the trail and in the cemetery.
Recently, the workers said they've seen bow hunters and even motorcyclists using the trail. They said they've seen people disrespect both the trail and the cemetery grounds.
"People were using the trail after hours to access the cemetery, to do whatever they wanted in the cemetery,” said Zach Rodriguez, Cemetery Director, “We've had people playing flag football. It’s just completely disrespectful with Optimist Park, down the hill."
So now, they've put their foot down, closing off the trail, and it looks like some folks, who use the trail, are regretting their actions.
The cemetery staff saw a petition up on their gate. It says “We are sorry,” and promises to follow the rules, if they re-open the trail.
The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery's Scattering Garden, where families can scatter their loved one's ashes, overlooks the veteran's trail.
"We want people to come out here, because it’s beautiful out here, but we do have the added burden of maintaining the dignity of the cemetery and the surrounding property," said Murphy.
Cemetery workers said they are considering re-opening the trail, but if they catch someone not following their rules, they will call the police to issue a trespassing citation.