No matter what side of the fence you are on on the topic of shared-use trails, it is great to see so many people taking interest in our parks. The county has taken a park that was abandoned and really a place where a lot of not-so-great activity was going on and started to transform it into a park that people will feel safe to come out and enjoy. The best part is that the park is walking distance for so many city residents and I am sure they will enjoy it as well as take care of it. The parking lot is just beautiful and the new sign that marks the entrance makes you feel Tryon Park has been revitalized.
On Tuesday July 27th, the new parking lot was the meeting point for the first workshop scheduled by the county to review plans for shared-use trails in Tryon and West Bay Park. Tom Robinson, Larry Staub, Dave Rindaldo from the country parks department were on hand to talk about the plans for the parks and the trial period for shared-use trails. GROC board members Rick Williams and Russ Wait were there to lend a hand to talk about sustainable trail building practices including the tools and best practices when constructing trails.
The workshop had a huge turnout filling the new parking lot and overflowing into Tryon street for parking; by our count there were at least 42 hikers, bikers, and trail enthusiasts in one of the groups that were walking the trails talking about trail building techniques and some of the plans for improving and maintaining the trails to support shared-use.
If you missed the Tryon Work Shop please join in on the Irondequoit Bay Park West Field Workshop -- August 5, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Meet at the parking area on Bay Front South, west of the Irondequoit Bay Fish and Game Club.)
GROC submitted proposals for Tryon and Bay Park West during the input sessions. The plans where then reviewed by the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) on THURSDAY, July 15.
The plans GROC submitted covered 3 elements:
1. Trail Development: Process & Standards- PDF
2. Proposal for Irondequoit Bay Park West and Tryon Park- PDF
3. GROC Proposed Trail Maps: