Several White Park Trail Advisory Committee members did a walk-thru of the middle portion on the White Park Trail system this week. Issues that were addressed included opposing "traffic", safety and the proposed trail additions near the jump line on the maintenance facility side as well as firming up the "closing" of other trails that have popped up over the years and aren't really part of the original trail system.
There is work being done to the jump line now that consists mainly of dirt moving to assist with compaction and foundation. Although the appearance is rough at this time, the area will be re-established with leaf cover, mulch and other material so that it will return to a more finished state as the season progresses through the winter and into spring.
The group discussed compromise regarding the request from bike members for additional trail lanes near the jump site in order to assist with the desire to cut down on opposing traffic, which is a safety issue. We will revisit this discussion during our next walk-thru and is related to allowing some of the above mentioned pop-up trails to return to their natural state.
The group will tackle the portion on the Ice Arena side of Mississippi next week. If anyone can make it Tuesday, October 7th at Noon, please try to do so. We will meet at the bottom of the Ice Arena parking lot and go from there. We may be joined by a Tree Board rep (trying to arrange this now) that we hope will be part of our overall Advisory Group and if they can't at least periodically give us some feedback on various things, including the impact to trees and root systems on multi-use trails.
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.