Don't worry hikers, bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, Walnut Creek's open space will remain open -- and free.

Janet Brown, resident, saw a sign at the Bayberry entrance to the Lime Ridge Open Space, off of Perada Road on Tuesday which said that beginning June 15 Walnut Creek would be charging people and dogs to use the trails. A copy of the sign, which bears the city's logo of a tree, says that all roundtrip and one-way fares are as follows: children over five-years-old $1 and 50 cents for dogs no matter the breed.

But Mike Vickers, public services manager for the city, said this flier and idea of charging for access to the open space and use of trails is all an elborate prank that is compoletelty untrue.

"Certainly people will not be chraged to use the trail this year or any time," Vickers said.

When he went to the Bayberry entrance later on Tuesday the sign was gone. The city found that similar signs were posted along the trail at various entrances.

The sign at Bayberry said it was the future home of tollbooth number six and that failure to pay the fine would result in a $252.00 citation. Alarmingly the sign also said that "toll takers are licensed to carry firearms."

The city is looking into who may have produced the fake flier.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.



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