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Wapehani / No Bikes at Griffy!
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:34:35 AM »
I see that someone's been snowbiking at Griffy, mainly down the Creek and Lanam Trails. Late last fall I also noticed some ruts on the Hiking Trail.

In case anyone doesn't know this, there is no biking at Griffy. Period. Wapehani is the only one of the City's natural areas in which bikes are allowed. In fact, we have Wapehani b/c bikes were kicked out of Griffy in the '80s.

Aside for a local racer with a Polish accent who shall remain unnamed, in four years I've never personally encountered a mountain biker at Griffy, but I do sometimes find evidence and we get the occasional complaint. Just don't do it. Thanks.

Wapehani / Upland Rock Garden
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:49:24 AM »
Wapehani's getting a rock garden!

Parks & Rec is pleased to announce that we've contracted with Upland Trail Design for the installation of a black diamond rock garden in our technical Tulip Loops area.

This new expert line will be located between the existing expert runout and the cobblestones. It is on the right if you are facing the "Exit Only" sign from the bottom of the cobbles. It descends from the northeast corner of the Tulip Loops to the bottom of the old roadbed, where it merges with the current black diamond exit. It's currently signed as More Difficult, and there is a new switchback flagged at the top of the line.

Currently, we're planning on allowing two-way traffic through the rock garden, while the existing "Exit Only" would remain one-way only. I've cut back that big cottonwood to restore the road to its pre-tornado double-track width to better accommodate two-way traffic.

This is a major construction project and will require closing down the cobbles as a trailhead for several weeks, beginning this coming Monday 10/28. Please respect the closure and follow the posted directions for alternate access. Thanks! 

Wapehani / Sunday 10/13 volunteer work session
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:03:59 AM »
Allen and the Bloomingfools have organized another work session this Sunday, starting at noon.  Come out and join us anytime between 12-4 PM.

We're going to be pulling the topmost switchback in front of the cell tower onto park property (it's technically on the cell tower parcel, which is now owned by Hoosier Energy, and they will eventually be fencing in their property).

We'll also do some grooming and deberming all up and down that length of trail both for routine maintenance and to harvest some soil for the switchback.

The forecast wasn't looking so good, but as of this morning there's nothing but a chance of fog.  This will be one of the last major work days of 2013, so come on out if you've been meaning to lend a hand but haven't had a chance.

Wapehani / Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:06:31 PM »
Bloomington Parks & Rec is partnering with Revolution Bike & Bean for the third consecutive year to host Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Wapehani.

When? Saturday, Oct 5 from 11 AM to 2 PM
What? Demo bikes (youth and adult), cook out, a 1/8 mile kids' challenge loop, and group rides around the lake

We could still use a couple of volunteers to help spot and encourage kids on the challenge loop, which will include several age-appropriate technical features. Message me if you're interested.

Wapehani / Thursdays (weekly trail building)
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:28:00 AM »
Thursday's are shaping up to be a weekly work day. 

Come out after work and help us complete our rerouting projects.  We have somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 mile to build this season.  The new Spillway Connector is just the start of what needs to be done on the south side of the park.  Thanks in large part to the trail runners, there's already a lot of cleared corridor waiting for rhinos.

Wapehani / Work Day, May 4th
« on: May 02, 2013, 07:41:59 AM »
The weather may not cooperate, but if it does:

Trail building this Saturday, May 4th.

Meet in the parking lot @ 9AM.

No experience necessary.  Tools, training, and gloves provided.

We're less than 3/4 mile away from completing the reroutes on official City property!  Come help us finish this revitalization project early in the season!

Wapehani / Exit Only
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:50:43 PM »

More improvements are on the way for the technical line in the Tuliptree Loops.  I'll be beveling the sharp edges of the skinnies and installing a safety ramp on the jump to make it rollable.  The second roller will be leveled out and there will be a couple of long shelves with 10-12" drops instead (that's why all the soil is piled up on either side of the features there).

The upper jump has been signed "Exit Only" almost since it was installed.  That policy now applies to the bottom of the line, too:

There are still three ways to enter the Tuliptree Loops.

Wapehani / Volunteer Trail Building, Friday 4/12
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:07:39 AM »
Come for the Jamis Demo and stay for the trail building.  Or come for the bench cutting and stick around to find out what 650B is all about.  Either way, we've got you covered this Friday, from 1-5 PM.

Tools, training, and work gloves provided.  BYO water.

Post up or PM me with any questions.  We'll be working on a new connector along the south edge of the spillway.

Wapehani / JAMIS 650B Demo Friday 4/12
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:52:02 AM »

Wapehani / Trail building Wedn (2/13)
« on: February 12, 2013, 08:13:34 AM »
Great conditions for cutting trail this week.  A few of us will be working tomorrow from 4-6 PM or so.  Tools provided; work gloves, too.  BYO water.  Meet in the parking lot.

Wapehani / Bloomington Bikes Week Ideas?
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:46:37 PM »
How should we celebrate/recognize Bikes Week (coming up in May) at Wapehani?  Any ideas or suggestions? 

Wapehani / Mill Creek Tech Park (Hoosier Energy construction site)
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:59:21 AM »
Interesting article in today's HTO.  Looks like Hoosier Energy could end up being Wapehani's new neighbor on the south side.  They want to move their headquarters to the tech park on the south side of the park.

There are several levels of approval, of course, and the whole deal is contingent on a tax abatement, but they're seeking that this Friday.  City Council will have final vote.  I'll keep you posted on opportunities for public comment.

What general concerns or questions, if any, do you have about the development of the tech park?

Wapehani / Lost & Found: Keys
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:07:15 PM »
I found a car key today.  PM me with the make and describe the fob in order to arrange a time to get it back.

Wapehani / November Work Days
« on: October 31, 2012, 05:40:22 PM »
There will be two work sessions this week, both of them focused on a 310 ft reroute around "white oak gully" (about halfway between the parking lot and the highway on the northern border).  There's a new bridge in place, now we just have to cut the trail leading up to it.

Thursday evening (11/1)--stop by after work and put in some time cutting new trail until we lose the light.

Sunday afternoon (11/4)--bench cutting from 1-3 PM

As always, tools, gloves, and training provided.  BYO water.

These will be some of the last opportunities to help out at Wapehani this season!

Wapehani / Camp Fires
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:00:15 AM »
Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon I almost literally ran into a campfire on the Lake Loop.  Someone had built a fire ring on the south side of the loop, not too far past the spillway.  Their pile of branches for fuel was actually blocking the trail, and the fire was still smoldering at 2:30 in the afternoon.  Luckily I have some buckets up in the parking lot and so I was able to put it out with some help from a rider from IL (thanks again).

Did anyone ride Sunday morning?  If so, did you see anyone at this fire ring?  This is not the sort of thing that mountain bikers build--it's usually fisherman, kids from the apartments partying, or the homeless who move from park to park.

For anyone reading this forum who needs a reminder: Camping and fires are prohibited in all of the City's natural areas.  This is clearly posted in the kiosk.  The drought may have passed, but that doesn't make it safe to leave a hot fire in a forest. 

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