Boulder Runner and Daily Camera columnist Clay Evans digs into inconsistent fees at the Boulder Res.
From Boulder Daily Camera
The only thing more irritating than a nonsensical rule is a nonsensical rule inconsistently applied and enforced. But even worse than that is a nonsensical, inconsistently applied rule that everyone agrees is stupid and should be changed.
I headed out on the warm morning of Aug. 17 for a run from IBM west along Monarch Road, then south along dirt roads skirting Boulder Reservoir, planning a loop route that would take me -- as it had uncountable times before -- through the west gate of the Rez, past the swimming beach and marina, then north along two dams and back to Tom Watson Park.
But this time, I was startled out of my late-summer running revelry just as I ran past the gatehouse when someone shouted at me.
"Sir" -- being called "sir" is one of the great, weary disappointments of later life -- "you have to pay the fee to go into the reservoir," said a perfectly pleasant teenage employee. "It's $6.25."
I have run that way, summer, fall, winter and spring, for well over a decade, and never been asked to pay for the privilege of trotting approximately 0.8 of a mile. Just passing through. That's about $7.80 per mile. Around a buck a minute, for me.
I drew faux pockets from my hips with pinched fingers.
"I don't carry money when I run," I said. "When did this start?"
"Just this summer."
I offered a choice description of the policy, "greedy" being the only part I can print here.
"You can always go back the way you came," the boy suggested.
So I did. My pace picked up a bit, fired by irritation. When I got home I emailed a couple of Boulder City Council members about the experience.
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