Saturday, October 2, 2010

TM Report: Mianus Park

Date of Activity: 10/2/10
Condition of Trails(s): Damp

Trail Ambassador Name: David Francefort, Rich Coffee, and 3 Volunteers

Observations: The trail maintenance Saturday was all about vandalism.  Recently the park has been hit with an enormous amount of vandalism, many of the trail signs which are affixed to buried 4x4 posts were uprooted, destroyed and mostly taken or toss far away in the woods.   This TM session started long before 9AM, as Ryan and Rob, prepped the sign posts by cementing them in large buckets (3-5 gallons) and Rob rotozip the trail names in wood.   We all met at the bridge by the Red Barn and Bob had all 6 signs and cemented posts in his truck, so we added tools and he drove his truck in and the rest of us enjoyed a nice stroll in.  Along the way a lot of branches were cleared of the road from the recent storms.  We did the inner trail / Main road intersection first, which went very quickly due to the easy digging.  The next stop was Peak and Swamp sign, we could not get the truck very close so we used my rock crib to load the next 2 cemented sign posts.   Four of us hauled the crib up to Peak trail taking many of stop to rest, since we were hauling 200-300lbs.  Up at peak trail / look intersection we quickly dug for the post and secured the signs.   A decision was made to close the trail braid at the look out used by an old mountain biking trail that was closed a few years ago.  Since the best way to block any trail is with a choke stone the hunt began for the perfect stone.   We found a 500+ pounder about 100 feet away and used the rock crib to bring it over, slowly and I mean slowly, it took 30+ minutes to haul but now in place there is no moving it.  We finished up by install the next 2 sign posts.   These post now buried with the 50 - 100lbs of cement are not going anywhere!

Trail Ambassador Email:
Town: Stamford
Location: Mianus Park
Trail(s) Ridden: N/A
How did you use the trail?: Trail Maintenance
What was the time of day?: 9AM
Duration (Hours): 3
Distance (Miles): N/A

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