Saturday, June 13, 2009

TA Report: Mianus River Park

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Date of Activity: June 13th, 2009
Condition of Trails: Wet and muddy spots

Trail Ambassador Name: Rich C
Trail Ambassador Email: mtnbikerdad[at]yahoo[dot]com
Town: Stamford/Greenwich
Location: Mianus Park
Trail(s) Ridden: Various
How did you use the trail?: Trail Maintenance only
What was the time of day?: 5:30 - 7 PM
Duration (Hours): 1.5

Encounters & Observations:
Decided to take advantage of a non-riding day (the trails were too wet) and fix a long-standing trail degradation. The Stainless Pot trail borders a swamp for a short section and seems to continually wander closer into the wet area. As a result, it's often unnecessarily muddy on the downhill side.

This section was not easy to properly bench due to a dense amount of closely-packed roots so slightly shifting the trail upward seemed the best approach.

Due to the reluctance of some long-timers in the park to adjust to "changing trail adjustments" I offered a two-way solution for uphillers vs downhillers.

The upper part was benched wherever possible and the greenery trimmed to encourage riders to automatically be guided this way on the downhill. As a "path of least resistance" to the uphiller crowd, I shifted the lower section of the trail section up a bit and filled it in with whatever loose dirt was available. Proper drainage has been accounted for but I plan on returning at a later date to lug in more dirt to fill this area even more and re-inspect the water flow.

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