We are now ready to resume trail digging in Leaders Park. Trail digging will be Saturday May 7th from 9:00 AM until noon, again on Saturday beginning at 2:00 PM and ending at 5:00 PM, and on Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM and ending at 4:00 PM. There is no need or obligation to attend all sessions. If you’d like to lend a hand, pick which session(s) work for you because that’s what works for us!
For digging, no experience is necessary. We’ll gladly train you. It’s not that hard and we’re just talking about dirt, here. However, please do wear close toed shoes. Gloves are a good idea. We’ll have a few loaner pairs if you don’t have any or forget. We highly recommend you bring a water bottle. There are no restroom facilities in the park so please handle that business before you get there.
We meet at the Leaders Park sign on the corner of E 6th St and Leadale Ave. We’ll have a check-in and then walk to the training / staging area. We’ll have a safety meeting and then begin working.
Great progress was made last fall. I very much think we can have the first loop done within three weekends. This coming weekend we’ll be doing some maintenance on the work from last year. I need to take full responsibility for the deficiencies. There are some routing issues to address and some trail width areas to be fixed. I began work on both of these fixes earlier this spring. The good news is I’ve learned from my errors and the fixes go really, really fast.
Once the first loop is done, again we’ll need volunteers. This time for fun stuff – riding the trail! Bike traffic is an excellent way to compact the trail. In addition, I’d very much like feedback on what you ride. Tell me what’s good and tell me what’s not so good. We want this trail to be as good as it can be and feedback provides the information we need to insure that happens.
Lastly, FAST is planning for a mountain bike movie night. It will be Thursday, May 19th. Start time to be determined soon. Two sponsors have come forward to provide the movies. We’ll be showing these movies for free but, we are asking for a free will donation, 100% of which goes directly to FAST to continue to fund the singletrack project.
Please mark your calendars and pass the word along both for the trail digging and movie night. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Chris Pierson, President
Falls Area SingleTrack, INC.