Awesomeness! Is there information somewhere about future help needed with this project?

I put the cooler out there early on Saturday and left it out there for the weekend. Looks like a couple people needed it! Happy to help.



Directly adjacent to the Cannonball Pathway, just south of the Beltline, lies Aldo Leopold Park and Elementary School. The MadBAT project that the City of Madison Parks Division is working on with IMBA Trail Solutions and CORP, has identified Aldo Leopold Park as a high priority bike park project location.

While the complete MadBAT study and findings are still being developed, discussions have been initiated regarding construction in 2021 of skills development trails, a bicycle playground, pumptracks, technical climbing trail, beginner flow trails off of the sledding hill, and a trail network in underutilized locations in the park. May even see a "Shred to School" trail like the original in Bentonville, AR.

To generate interest and feedback on potential bike park development, and as a way to provide a social distancing activity for kids and families this summer, Parks Staff and MadBAT planning team has initiated a Trail Pilot Project to get eyes and tires on the Aldo Leopold Park property. Over the past two weeks IMBA Trail Solutions flagged a 1/4 mile trail alignment, Park Operations staff mowed the trail the next day, temporary signage has been posted by Park staff, and CORP volunteers "burned in" a trail tread this past weekend with string trimmers and a few hot laps. CORP is working with Parks Staff on options for us to build temporary skills development features to be placed along this trail, more to come on that.

Local Riders! take a few laps on this short trail when riding by on your way to Seminole and Quarry Ridge.
Show Support! by putting tires on the trail and submit Bike Park development comments to madbat@cityofmadison.com
Volunteer! let CORP know if you'd like to lend a hand with maintaining the trail, building skills features, or be involved with the bike park design and development.

I wasn't sure where else to post this or if it is against protocol that I do here on a strictly MTB site.
There is not a "General chat for anything under the sun" section. Yet.
Anyhoo I was just wondering what else I may have in common with fellow MTBers in terms of other activities and sports.
I'm guessing that the majority of us who do MTB trails would probably do other non motorized and harmless things during the seasons.
For instance:
I've played softball.
Love, love love to cross country ski in the winter and have enjoyed skiing at Pleasant View. 
Go out on the water in a kayak.
As for other riding I enjoy the rails to trails such as Military Ridge and like to ride to and through the Stewart Tunnel on the Badger Trail on my cyclocross.
So besides MTB is there anything else you like to do that keeps you active?

Re: New Trailhead?

in Pleasant View
imwjl
July 22, 2020, 11:36 AM

Interested in helping, you say... what needs to be done? I may be able to find some spare time if it means getting this project rolling again

Thank you.

CORP president Jon, board member Rob, and trail steward William have been the team. The news related to town board ordinance postponed City Of Middleton finalizing and doing the lease with the CXC organization.

We do have demand for a better trailhead and we're now without the pump track and trailhead area there being replaced longer than people expected.

We also have issues from the tremendous increase in use. Those issues are requests for more one-way trail, and trailhead space. City staff and the PRFC (Parks, Recreation & Forestry Commission) need to hear the requests like I do as a trail steward. Same for Middleton City Council. A lot of residents use the trails. After a recent bike ride and some work time seeing around 60 riders, riding by some city parks didn't see 1/2 that using basketball and tennis courts.

The team who've been working with the city will contact you via the forum info.

Thanks for the interest!

Quick response, will follow up next week. 

Informal coordination of work will help make it more pleasant and productive. Someone just needs to take the lead and set up some times, and stick with it until you gain some momentum.

Formalizing the system is still an idea on the table. My intention was to have a get together to discuss this spring, but Covid has hampered that. If there is enough interest to get a few people but not so much that it would be a crowd, we could try the lawn at the East Side Club or something similar.  Otherwise wait until gatherings are allowed again.

The chance of there being paid staff to do trail maintenance is virtually nil (we don’t get that at any trail systems).  Better organized volunteers, assurance that your work has some  permanence, general administrative help, some funding, and more wheels on the trails will be the main advantages of legitimizing the trails.

Thanks for the time you all are putting in!

augs: Perhaps when you respond with a follow up you could say what the pros and cons would be of making these trails official?
Since it looks like it is going to be volunteers who do the upkeep, such as it is for the CORP trails, I don't get it what the difference is between official vs non.
Does making them official mean that CORP would adopt and add them to all the other trails that are listed here?

If not or until then would CORP consider adding a "Other trails that are non-CORP" section to the website?
It was mentioned earlier that there are other hobo trails around.

Re: New Trailhead?

in Pleasant View
corkr900
July 22, 2020, 11:03 AM

Interested in helping, you say... what needs to be done? I may be able to find some spare time if it means getting this project rolling again

Quick response, will follow up next week. 

Informal coordination of work will help make it more pleasant and productive. Someone just needs to take the lead and set up some times, and stick with it until you gain some momentum.

Formalizing the system is still an idea on the table. My intention was to have a get together to discuss this spring, but Covid has hampered that. If there is enough interest to get a few people but not so much that it would be a crowd, we could try the lawn at the East Side Club or something similar.  Otherwise wait until gatherings are allowed again.

The chance of there being paid staff to do trail maintenance is virtually nil (we don’t get that at any trail systems).  Better organized volunteers, assurance that your work has some  permanence, general administrative help, some funding, and more wheels on the trails will be the main advantages of legitimizing the trails.

Thanks for the time you all are putting in!

Nice!

A little update:
I've done some trimming of brush, weeds, and branches trailside as well as overhead branches over the last couple weeks.  It grows rather fast this time of year.  So far, I am keeping up using non-motorized tools.  The mosquitoes are out in full force, that's for sure.  Some people have added a berm and started a little jump line that is fun.  Still a rather unorganized collection of improvements, which, is kind of awesome in it's own way.

Let me know in replies if anyone wants to work more collaboratively on things, have ideas, etc.

Have fun riding!
Yes, I would like to coordinate and commit to a work day/time with you and anyone else who would be interested.
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