A group of Temple Hills residents want a downhill pathway project to be implemented, but the city is concerned that either an approval or denial could lead to a lawsuit.
The Temple Hills Pathways Committee is asking the city for funds and a timeline to make neglected and unfinished public walkways usable for neighborhood strolls, safe passage to schools and egress from the hillside in emergencies.
"What tremendous foresight Joe Thurston had when he established the original city tract maps with 5-foot public walkways as integral parts of his layout in 1921," said committee member Caroline Wright in a presentation to the council in May. "Since that time, the pathways have been used by children as routes to walk to and from school and by others to get up and down the hill. They are also used by neighborhood walks and to visit friends on neighboring streets."