I put on our town's first big (ish) trail building day this Saturday and am having a hard time thinking of how it could have gone better. I got up there with a couple other people at 8:30 to get tools out and organized and everyone else got there at 9. I had the entire trail laid out ahead of time, and got out Friday afternoon to hit the first half mile with a leaf blower.
Total we had 26 people out in the woods that day. Got a lot of work done on what is going to be the most technically challenging trail in town. Some people continued raking and clearing the corridor while most started right in with digging. Ages of volunteers ranged from 11 to 68, and demographics are as follows:
6 middle-and high-school mountain bikers
8 members of the Oneonta State Mountain Biking Club,
1 Hartwick College student who rides with the Oneonta State crew
2 twenty-somethings from Binghamton (an hour away) who can shred their bikes
4 SUNY Oneonta faculty (2 Outdoor Programming, 1 each Philosophy and Economics)
4 other permanent Oneonta Residents
Officially we were going to pack up at noon (when pizzas came) but about a dozen people wanted to keep digging after lunch, so we stayed out for a couple more hours. Everyone involved seemed genuinely interested and excited to see how the trail was going to turn out, and glad that they got to take part in the design. Several asked when another big trail work day will be held, since they would love to do one again. That's a good sign and I am super stoked to get that feedback. WAHOO!
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