As some of you know the West Hartford Reservoir might get shut down to public use. The Res is a large open area to walk, hike, bike, mountain bike, or do other outdoor activities. It has 30 miles of trails and is about 3,000 acres. The MDC is thinking about closing it to public use due to being sued after a biker was injured. Maribeth Blonski was awarded 2.9 million dollars for injuries she sustained when she hit a yellow gate on her bicycle. Maribeth an experienced rider, who had a show on public access tv about mountain biking, was rumored to be racing a friend when she hit the gate. The friend she was racing with said that she was being negligent. So, basically Maribeth was racing in an area she shouldn't been racing in, hit a gate, and sued for 2.9 mil. Because of her greed and not taking responsibility for her own actions the public will lose access to this area. Here are a few links on the story, there are plenty more out there. The first link is to the petition to keep the place open, and to change Connecticut's law that would allow the MDC to be immune from lawsuits. Please sign it to help keep this area open. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/fixtherecreationliabilitylaw West Hartford's Mayor Scott Slifka: Keep MDC Res Open - Rick Green | CT Confidential Bicycling and lawsuits - Courant.com MDC May Soon Close Res. to Walkers, Runners, Cyclists - Rick Green | CT Confidential I like going to the Res and definitely want to keep it open. It just pisses me off when one person's actions ruin things for everyone else.