ATTN: There will be NO work night on Monday, May 25th due to Memorial Day. The next work night will be on Monday, June 1st. More water damage, erosion control work and armoring will be attempted. Meet at the gravel at 6:00PM. IF anyone has a specific project that they would like to propose/work on, please let the WPTAC know via the email list and also indicate the date you would wish to address the project. The requirement is that if you are suggesting a project, you are willing to supervise and oversee it as well. The next meeting is not yet scheduled. Monday work nights will continue and as we move through June we will see what everyone's schedule will allow. Until then ~ Happy Trails!
The next WPTAC meeting will be Tuesday, May 19th 6:00PM at the Marilla Center conference room. By that time we will have had some work evenings to report on, plan the next projects and get updates on all.
Trail work evening Monday, May 11th at 6PM. Meet at the gravel lot on Mississippi (up from hockey lot). We will be continuing to address drainage issues. Pipe has been secured, so we will probably work on improving drainage on the bit next to Mississippi. Plans are to install a culvert and rock bridge plus reestablish the drainage channel adjacent to the trail.
On the last work evening, a culvert was installed next to gravel path, rocks collected for additional armoring and several berms were tuned up. The berms will get a bit more work next week.
Bring digging tools and a wheelbarrow if you can, else just show up we should have extra tools. Truck are really nice too for hauling rocks as are furniture dollies. Hope we see everyone there!
A work evening has been scheduled for the White Park Trails - the date is Monday, April 27th. Anyone interested in helping should meet at the bottom of the Ice Arena Parking lot at 6:00PM. You will be assigned to a work detail from there. Please wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate for outdoor work. We will be focusing efforts on a the bridge area on the arena side of the trail first, taking care of some drainage and run-off issues. Other crews (if enough volunteers are present) may be assigned to pull invasive species growing along the trail or additional tasks that are on the work list.
We would like to make these volunteer nights an on-going, regular event so please pitch in and have fun!
The next meeting of the White Park Trail Advisory Committee will be Tuesday, April 21st at 5:30PM at the Marilla Center.
HUGE THANKS to everyone who volunteered on Saturday to clean up the White Park Trails! Everything but the kitchen sink was found in the wooded area(s) around the park and along our neighborhood trails. Volunteers hauled and cleaned in bitter cold weather and as you can see from the gallery, even managed to keep their sense of humor intact. We want to thank them for their efforts and for caring about City Parks and Green Spaces!
Updates for last week's meeting of the White Park Trail Advisory Committee:
Present at the meeting were Melissa Burch, Colin Dierman, David Light, Christopher Phillips, Rick Landenberger, Greg Travinski, J.R. Petsko. A review of winter damage was given as well as a report of a dead deer. Most of the winter damage consists of water issues from heavy rain and melting snow. Volunteers are going to pick up where they left off in the fall with clean-up and armoring. David and Rick discussed ways of managing some of the muddier areas and to that end David requested a load of gravel for use on the trails. Melissa will have maintenance place that order. Melissa will also look into ordering the yield signs discussed last season for some of the more traffic heavy and vision-challenged areas. Next meeting is scheduled for April 21st at 5:30PM.
After a very long winter hiatus the WPTAC will meet at the Marilla Center this evening (3/17) at 5:30PM. Synopsis of that meeting will be posted later.
NOTIFICATION - The Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for this evening at 6:00PM has been postponed due to inclement weather, including expected sub-zero temperatures later tonight. A new meeting date will be posted ASAP.
Notes from this week's meeting as submitted by David Light/Melissa Burch:
Discussion of the work to be done before winter sets in included that WPTAC will be going ahead with the Blue Loop re-routes. Expect to see the markers move over the weekend. We will also be adding some guide rocks and logs to intersections to encourage cyclists to follow the new route. Dave met with several committee members at the area over the past couple of weeks and others have toured by themselves. The re-routing was approved by the BOPARC Board at the October meeting. In light of the discussion at that meeting, Dave and Colin worked to minimize the approved re-routes even further and as a result minimize impact and/or concerns.
We will be looking at the steep approach to "JR's" bridge (one near hockey rink lot) in an attempt reduce erosion and trail widening. Please take a look and offer suggestions at the next meeting.
We will be installing culverts at several locations on the Blue Loop adjacent to Mississippi. These areas have been visited several times and there is quite a bit of water run-off there. Melissa has processed a work order with the hopeful date of work being next Tuesday.
We are planning on making an information card with rules of the trail and contact information for BOPARC and WPTAC. Dave will pass around a draft in the next week or two.
We will be ordering signs to improve safety at some of the trail crossings and clearing the sight lines at a couple of these intersections.
The group also agreed to make WPTAC a little more formal with by-laws and membership. This is going to be discussed further at the next meeting.
Sharon brought to everyone's attention an incident that happened last week on the upper side of the trail system in which a group of three individuals apparently accosted a runner. We discussed the benefits of user presence in the trail system as a deterrent to criminal behavior.
The next meeting is tentatively set for Dec. 9th at 6 PM at Marilla Center. Look for confirmation email from Melissa.
If you would like to help out with any of the work to be done in the next few weeks, please contact Dave Light.
This blog is a cooperative effort by members of the White Park Trail Advisory Committee. Contact BOPARC at 304-296-8356 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how you can become involved in trail clean-up events, trail maintenance and the preservation of our community parks and trails.