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    Fort Worth Trail work day - Gateway Park 10/6/2012 - 9am

    Meet at the Phase 1 trailhead (by the softball fields).

    We'll be re-routing a low spot at the end of the oxbow and building a landbridge to mitigate flood conditions.

    There will be an additional wildflower and seedball planting activity.

    Lunch and drinks will be provided.

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    The weather is going to be perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by NOAA
    A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 55. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%

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    Huge thanks to everyone who came out and helped on Saturday! We're going to have a great trail building season. Next month we'll meet over on the Phase 2 side and begin looping the trail down on the East side of the river.

    Quote Originally Posted by M2RIDER
    The cool weather arrive just in time for the beginning of the 2012-2013 trail building season at Gateway Park. The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers’ Association (FWMBA) kicked off the first Workfest the new season last Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Gateway Park. The “Workfest” is a day of trail building by the all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 mountain bike club. The Workfests will be held the first Saturday of every month up till June 2013 concluding with the 2013 Fort Worth Fat Tire Festival at Gateway Park on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

    14 FWMBA volunteers worked 7 hours for a total of 98 man hours on a new trail building project in the park. A new land bridge was constructed through an old oxbow that was once where the Trinity River flowed through Gateway Park. The land bridge is an improvement to the existing trail network that will allow recreational trail users to cross the oxbow after flooding from the nearby Trinity River. Nearly 600 lf of new trail was built to serve the new land bridge. The land bridge consists of over 3,000 pounds of concrete and an 8’x18” CMP. The land bridge will be a work in progress and future Workfest will lengthen the bridge as needed.

    In addition to the land bridge FWMBA prepared and planted over 1,500 seed balls (balls of clay, peat moss and wild flower seed) along the eastside trail at Gateway Park.

    The photo narrative below highlights the Workfest.


    FWMBA, of course, had their Single Track Roast Whole Bean Coffee on hand for sale at the Workfest. And why not! It’s delicious!


    Whenever FWMBA works on the trail we notify the public that are volunteers are on the trail building more singletrack!


    Here is FWMBA newest trail building acquisition, an off-road trail building wagon. The wagon holds up to 500 pounds! We put it work this day!


    Gateway Park co-trail steward explains the task at hand for the Workfest. Kocian points out the location of the oxbow.


    West of the oxbow, where the trail re-route will intercept the existing trail.


    Jurassic Park green briar is what FWMBA has deemed this stuff. It’s pretty much all over Gateway Park and is respected by all trail builders.


    Much of the mornings work was dedicated to building a connector from the existing trail to the land bridge. Here is some of the finished trail.


    Just prior to lunch FWMBA clears a path across the oxbow flowline.


    The FWMBA grill in action cooking up brauts and burgers!


    Cupcakes rounded out the lunch.


    A FWMBA volunteer displays the correct manner for downing a cupcake!


    There were a variety of pies for desert too.


    Here is some of the 1,500 seed balls that were tossed along the east side FWMBA trail.


    Between the cool trail and the most amazing view of downtown Fort Worth anywhere the addition of wildflowers will be something to see next spring!


    Here is the 18” CMP that will serve the land bridge.


    The culvert is placed in the oxbow flowline.


    FWMBA volunteers transport and place 80# bags of concrete to serve as abutments to the culvert pipe.


    Dirt covers the culvert to serve as new trail.


    FWMBA volunteers pose for a pic.


    FWMBA volunteers work on the west side bench cut trail connector.


    Finished for the day.


    In all the FWMBA off-road trail building wagon carried over 3,000 of concrete, 14 loads of dirt and lots of tools!


    FWMBA volunteers gather up their stuff to head for the trailhead after a successful day of trail work.


    FWMBA will meet again on Saturday, November 3, 2012 for another Workfest! Be there!

    M2

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    Just saw this post. Getting back into MTBing and want to include my 9 yr old son. Are the trails at Gateway open? And are the benign enough for a 9 yr old? Thanks.

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    The phase trail nearest the trail head ~3.7mi would be for beginers. You might also try River Legacy in Arlington.

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