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    Swan Creek Park Tacoma -- Work Parties starting up

    More detail to follow, but just wanted put the work parties out there in case anyone can make it... Thurs and Friday 1pm to dark. Sign up and work party details here: Evergreen MTB Calendar and here: Evergreen MTB Calendar. More info on Swan Creek here: Trail:Swan Creek Park - Evergreen Trail Guide.

    First few feet went in via mini-excavator yesterday...

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    That's some rocky soil! Made me a little nervous at first. But the dirt keeps getting better and better further down the trail.

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    Nice work guys! I plan on coming out to help quite a bit when I get back from my Sea Otter trip.

    Hooray for new trail!

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    A few maps below. Click for larger versions.

    Phase 1 trail plan:
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    Directions from E 56th St to Thurs & Fri work parties:
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    (updated map)

    Directions from T street across from Lister Elementary school:
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    I don't know Mike. Rocky soil drains well....I'd be stoked to see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Rocky soil drains well....
    It does indeed, but what made me nervous initially was what I found in the first borrow pit I dug... nothing but golf ball to softball size rocks and no fines to hold it together. Took a while to find better schtuff.

    Also, one of MPT's (Metro Parks Tacoma) primary objectives is a Bootcamp-style perimeter trail... the "family with a 4-year old on a push-bike friendly but also fun for experts to rip on" style. We'll try to make that as buff as we can, and then gnarl-up/feature-up the more difficult options.

    An awesome thing about Swan Creek is the existing road through the park (thicker gray line on the map). That means it'll be easy to get materials relatively close to the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwestra2 View Post
    It does indeed, but what made me nervous initially was what I found in the first borrow pit I dug... nothing but golf ball to softball size rocks and no fines to hold it together. Took a while to find better schtuff.
    We lived in Tacoma for 2 years and yeah.... the gravel/rocks... wow. One starts to see why it was an oak prairie before people got involved.
    "...Some local fiend had built it with his own three hands..."

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    There is so much clay around the corner. The soil is very different every other turn. If we could mix all the different soils there all together it would make such a good trail tread but it will be interesting on it's own.
    Epic trails get built in the Northwest by epic people!

    Sustainable quality trails please.

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    It's amazing how quickly these guys are building this trail.

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    Great pics snwwlkr! Would you mind if I use them for Evergreen newsletters, Website and whatnot?
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    Stacy, if you still have the same WeTransfer account, I can upload the photos there if you want.

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    Upcoming Swan Creek work parties:
    Fri 4/19 9am-4pm
    Mon 4/22 10am-3pm
    Sat 4/27 9am-3pm (Platypus membership drive, food/drinks, schwag, win a hydration pack)
    Mon 4/29 10am-3pm

    Swan Creek on the web:
    Facebook: Trail:Swan Creek Park - Evergreen Trail Guide
    Trail Wiki: https://www.facebook.com/SwanCreekMTB
    Sign up for work parties here: Evergreen MTB Calendar

    ~2200 ft complete:
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    Swan Creek Park Tacoma -- Work Parties starting up-swancreekp1_0427_statuslowres.jpg

    looking good!

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