Here we are, into fall already. But, we don't want to put a fork into the riding season quite yet. Since the cool weather allows comfortable riding almost every day and we all enjoy seeing the leaves changing colors.
As the GROC project managers for Dryer Road Park, we want to give a status update. As outlined in an article that we posted on GROC's homepage (see ”So sad…”), the trails at DRP have suffered a lot of damage. The reasons for the damage are also described in that article.
From our position and as lovers of the trail system here,at times it seems overwhelming when we look at how much damage has occurred on so many trails. If we, the Project Managers and all the trail crew volunteers, had decided to do little or nothing to correct the damage, the result surely would be that the trails would soon become essentially unrideable and many of the trails could get to the point of having to be permanently closed. Although the Town of Victor fully and generously supports our volunteer efforts, they do not work on building or maintaining trails themselves and are not planing to do so even if we were to walk away. So, we chose to redouble our efforts and are well into a late summer– early fall push to fix and improve the trails. The really great news is that we have had some super work parties and the momentum seems to be growing.
Successes, so far:
- Multiple grade reversals and general trail repairs on VHT (Victor Hiking Trail) have made it smooth, more fun to ride and highly sustainable and they prevent water and sand from cascading down the trail.
- We even built a cool, flat "parking" area just outside the entry to VHT with a great view and plans for more improvements to make it a great rest spot.
- We built an extension of Tree Beard with tandem log-overs that allows the rider to be able to stay on single track between the Tree Beard and VHT, without having to exit onto the field. And, we made a separate short trail off Tree Beard, named Kat’s Cut. I want to thank and acknowledge Reece Kreilick and his scout troop, As part of his Eagle Scout project, joining us to make these trails.
- Improvements at the other end of Tree Beard (near the entry to Bone-A-Part) cleaned up a nasty, rooty chicane around two large trees, avoiding the need of a significant rerouting.
- A grade reversal at the top of Bones now diverts water, which was gouging the trail. Other improvements were made on Bones to improve the ride.
- Several deep troughs had developed on iPod. These were filled and the turns were slightly reshaped with new grade reversals added strategically placed to keep water from running down the sections.
- Above the drop on Bone-A-Part, a deep trough had developed. This area was regraded. On a separate return on Bone-A-Part, which had some exposed and dangerous routes, we were able to reshape and slightly berm the turn to create better flow, less brake dragging and much more fun.
- Jeff Rader, who supervises the parks department crew, brought us loads of dirt to the pump track and then Evan Brent and his volunteer crew reshaped the humps to make it more “pumpable”. We now actually are praying for rain to allow these repairs, as well as the others on the trails, to be packed down.
- Mary Lee has made a lot of new signs to mark the trails with bright white lettering
- Too many to even list! Almost every trail has moderate to severe damage that needs to be repaired. Moreover, some of the trails are getting close to the point of having to be permanently closed if we don't correct the problems that may soon make them unsustainable and too dangerous to ride.
- We will have to go trail by trail to fix and improve them all.
- Just as a tease, I want to let everyone know that flagging has been done by Kirk Bingaman on a proposed new trail, and we will be recruiting volunteers for work parties to make that trail happen
What you Can MUST do:
- Sign up for GROC Trail Crew Meetup, which shoots you an e-mail whenever a work party is scheduled. Of course, you have to attend work parties to be part of the solution. Currently only a very small fraction of the total number of riders participates in trail work. That is not only unfair, but will lead to burnout of these dedicated individuals, leaving no one to take care of the trails.
- Join IMBA and GROC. We must have strong and well-supported organizations at the local and national levels to fight for and maintain access to trails
- Don’t ride when the trails are wet
- Don’t skid your turns
GROC Project Managers of Dryer Road Park
GROC Trail Crew has been busy at Dryer Rd Park! A big crew worked early morning May 17th 2014 to build new extensions on Tree Beard and Victor Hiking Trail up at the top of the hill.
The new trails extend Victor Hiking Trail and Tree Beard to meet near the trailhead at the field. The new trail features a log crossing and some nice sweeping turns.
Photo Credit: Scott Makai
Small changes to trails like this are how the Trail Crew continuously improves the trails in our region. Keep an eye out for new trail work events focusing on fixing up the Pump Track, CMP, Humpty Dumpty, and other trails!
Thanks to all the volunteers that came out and helped!
Posted by EBB 2014-06-16
We are well into a new and great season for the shared use trails at Dryer Road Park in Victor. The trails are riding very well in general and we have been out with multiple work parties, building new trails and fixing others.
Breaking it down:
- KIOSK- Brian Emelson and the crew at Parks and Rec have built a beautiful new kiosk with multiple windowed sections backed with cork board and hung wipe boards, allowing us to keep visitors informed about Random Postings, Upcoming Events and Work Parties, Trail Conditions, etc.
- SIGNAGE- Mary Lee keeps creating hand made trail signs
- WINTER DAMAGE REPAIR- some folks couldn't avoid riding when the trails were still wet and soft. Most of the damage has been repaired. We had to bring in a front loader with dirt and acres of volunteers to fill in the low spots on the path in the lower field near the parking lot, and we made some new grade reversals, too.
- NEW TRAILS- with 37 volunteers on one work party, including an Eagle Scout candidate and his troop, as well as many GROC members, we made 2 new, short trails, one extending Tree Beard to Victor Hiking Trail (VHT) and the other bringing VHT itself into the woods and merging with the newTree Beard extension.
- VHT REFURB- we are well into a multistage, multi-day project fixing a badly eroded trail. We have used various construction techniques to create grade reversals to improve drainage. This is the Rte 490 of Dryer Road which gets the most wear and its substance has been that of a large sandbox
- TRAIL CLOSURES- for the time being, and until these trails can be made safer and sustainable, both Humpty Dumpty and CMP were taken off line.
FUTURE PLANS- Soon, we will have our annual Prune in June work party, to keep the trails passable. We have flagged one possible new trail and at least one reroute. We will try to get something worked out in the Humpty/CMP area that will be fun, safe and sustainable. Not sure how soon.
Please, join GROC Trail Crew and watch for future work parties that you can join.
Thanks to all who showed up at our member get-together. Was good to see people and talk about trails and bikes. GROC's new relationship with IMBA gives members both GROC and IMBA membership and to date we have total of 134 members in our chapter region and about 78 members who have joined directly through GROC.
We continue to need the support of memberships to help us with insurance and trail maintenance and the basic running of our chapter, so I wanted to say thank you very much for all of you who joined GROC and those who volunteer on trail works days.
Make sure to check out trail work opportunities listed on our Trail Crew Meetup and enjoy the local trails.
Pick Up The Parks Event
Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.” This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 parks and 12,000 acres within. We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green.
Pick up the parks has been running for 5 years and GROC has been part of the planning and participation every year.
This year we were charged with Tryon Park. Although GROC volunteers keep the park in great shape all year round there is always more that can get cleaned up. This year we also had some of there Trail Crew doing some trails work and many of the volunteers worked on cleaning debris and leafs off the trails.
Thanks to the more than 25 individuals who joined in the Tryon clean up and the 100's of other volunteers who cleaned up the other 21 other wonderful Monroe County Parks.
3.25 tons of waste collected (6,500 pounds) of which 1.3 tons (36%) of it was salvageable for recycling (tires, metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, etc.)
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