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You don't have to be a dad to volunteer this Sunday, but several of us are kicking off Father's Day with some trail work.
9:30-12:00. Sign-in at the parking lot, then we'll head over to the spillway area to improve a couple of junctions for multi-directional travel. If you come late, take the hard left just after the spillway bridge and you'll find us at the three-way intersection just past the boardwalk.
While this isn't Wapehani or MTB-related, it is related to local trailbuilding.
Parks & Rec is hosting National Trails Day at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve this June 7th, from 9 AM - noon (lunch provided after the work session).
I will be supervising an apx 800 ft reroute of a flat, muddy portion of the Hiking Trail. If you're looking to learn more about trailbuilding, this is a good chance to learn the basics of bench cutting. Or if you're an experienced volunteer builder who likes hiking/running and wants to see improvements at Griffy, I hope you'll consider lending a hand.
I've been fairly busy this spring at other parks, but I'm ready to get back to grooming our local singletrack when you are. I've been stockpiling rock for some small armored berms at several locations on the south side, and there are also two intersections on the south side (just uphill from the spillway) that I would like to improve.
Are there any evenings or weekends that work better for everyone?
Other than that, there's always plenty of pruning to be done--especially on the PIC side of things. This is great self-paced work for folks who don't have time for regular group work sessions.
And I'm always open to suggestions for improvements, too.
Looking forward to getting our momentum back!
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'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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.