Matt's (editorial) Edit:
The more folks that show up the faster this reroute will get finished. The goal is to integrate this into the GREENSFELDER CHALLENGE in May. You all know how Greensfelder has progressed over the last 3-4 years and the momentum is there to keep building solid, sustainable trail throughout this large 1,500+ acre park.
Support GORC and the Parks department directly by helping out at one of our workdays. This year is a big one for us with many great projects on the horizon! --> Greensfelder, Lost Valley and Matson come to mind.
GORC is easily approaching the limits of its available volunteer pool. In order to keep pace with all the new trail building and maintenance opportunities throughout St. Louis and St. Charles counties (not to mention revitalizing the Eastern Berryman this fall in partnership with the OTA - more info to come)
we need to gather more good-natured, trail-conscious folks like yourself to help keep the momentum going around the region.
Here's a little news bit: --> Should we receive approval later in the year, GORC may have the opportunity to redevelop the old Beulah trail into a sustainable and flowy, scenic ride. You're talking county epicness in your backyard if you string this proposed route with what's already available at Greensfelder. If all goes well, this large project (up to 5+ miles) may begin sometime this fall (with a 3-5 year development timeframe).
GORC has shown the two county parks systems how great sustainable trails can be built. Now we just need to show that the mountain biking community can sustain the mileage we continue to add through maintenance programs and strong workday turnouts.
Seriously, St. Louis mountain biking is growing steady and strong. There are few cities that can boast over 75 miles of volunteer-maintained trail less than 30-40 minutes from the downtown corridor.
See you at a workday.
oh, and keep the trails skinny!
Back to the announcement:
Date: Sat, February 25th, 2012, 9am to 1pm (FREE LUNCH!)
Location: Greensfelder Park, St. Louis County
What: We will be working on a 0.2-0.3 mile re-route of the Deer Run/Green Rock Trail near the bottom portion that ties in to Eagle Valley. While this will be a re-route of some of the uglier part of that trail, it will maintain some of the flavor of the Greensfelder rocky descent that seems to hold up well to use. This should be a fairly easy piece of trail to construct and with a good size turnout we should be able to complete it in one workday.
Note: With this re-route, we will be completing a major portion of "fixes" that we wanted to do. The workday on March 10th will concentrate on finishing this re-route if not complete and doing some other small maintenance projects. In the Fall of 2012, we will hopefully begin working on new trail without having to use existing pieces. We can't wait!
Where: Greensfelder Park, Allenton Rd. behind Six Flags (Park at Visitor Center Lot) We will carpool to the worksite.
Take Interstate 44 to the Allenton/Six Flags Exit 261. Go north on Allenton Rd, past the Six Flags entrance. Allenton Rd. bisects Greensfelder Park. Lunch will be afterwards at the Visitor Center Shelter located at the corner of Allenton and Hencken road.
(See www.gorctrails.com for directions and details of the park)
What to bring: Gloves, Sturdy shoes, eye protection, and something to drink on the trail.
GORC & St. Louis County Parks provide: Trail building tools, instructions on trail building, and safety guidelines.
Lunch will be provided by St. Louis County. Please post on the GORC message board if you intend on coming for the lunch count. If you post here there is no need to contact St. Louis County. If you would like a vegetarian sandwich, please let us know.
Greensfelder Workday Feb. 25th - Make It Awesome for the 2012 Challenge
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