I believe the plan for access to the canal through the Silverado golf course parking lot is poor. It requires the removal of lights and mature trees currently in the parking lot. It requires those going from Indian Bend to the canal path to cross a street just prior to the clubhouse, which all golf traffic must use. It is also the main reason the expensive Siverado bridge is needed over the wash. All canal users who cross this bridge will find themselves in the “overflow parking” area, where they may have to deal with motor vehicles.
I believe a better solution would be to provide access from Indian Bend Road via the Indian Bend wash, just below the 18th tee of the golf course. Yes, a protective wall would be required to protect users from errant golf shots, but this would be much less expensive than reconfiguring the clubhouse parking lot and building the Silverado bridge at the currently proposed access point. The 18th hole is a short par 3 with an elevated tee, which means most shots will be very high and no where close to a path below.) I believe users would also be safer gaining access near the 18th tee than by crossing the clubhouse street, the regular parking lot, and the overflow parking lot.
This less expensive solution might also provide enough savings to extend the concrete path along the canal from Lincoln northward instead of diverting canal users to the existing asphalt path. This has its own advantages. First, it eliminates the other reason for the Siverado bridge. Second, users are more likely to stay on the path if it is concrete and continues along the canal. I suspect many would continue on the dirt along the canal rather than make two 90 degree turns to get on an asphalt path that is in poor condition. Third, it would be safer because those using the asphalt path as well as users arriving from Indian Bend would not need to go through the overflow parking area. Fourth, the people who live in the 7600 Lincoln community would be happy not to have canal users directly on the other side of the wall from their homes.