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    Something just as BIG




    more details to follow...

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    Nice!!!

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    Congratulations guys! So in!
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    So proud of our members who have been working on this.

    Huge step forward considering the only legal place to ride in Niagara has severely deteriorated trails. Hopefully we can use this to demonstrate the positive effects of sustainable trails for all users of the park.

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    A lot of the clubs in Ontario have been putting in ridiculous amounts of work this off-season and there just weren't enough TCC days on the calendar for all the worthy projects that are on the go. I'm really proud of both our clubs for earning these highly coveted spots!
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    it's a good thing... a little knowledge can go a long way
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    Update on the SHCC Trail Care Crew Visit.

    PRESS RELEASE
    Visiting Trail Experts Will Inspire Local Niagara Trail Maintenance.

    The ShortHills Cycling Club, Friends of Short Hills Park and Parks Ontario have an exciting announcement. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada’s Trail Care Crew will be heading to Short Hills Provincial Park April 14-17, 2011 to talk trails, teach proper trail building, maintenance techniques, and to spend quality time digging in the dirt.

    Directed by IMBA Canada, and sponsored by Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail, the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew travels across Canada meeting with and providing workshops to IMBA-Affiliated Clubs, Parks Canada sites, and Trans Canada Trail; Local, Provincial and Territorial Organizations. Fielded by a full time, two-person team, the Trail Care Crew educates Canadians on how to build sustainable trails, maintain and restore existing trails, and solve trail management challenges. This visit is one of approximately 30 stops on the 2011 schedule.

    The Trail Care Crew teaches sustainable trail building and maintenance, which means building natural surface trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment. The visit, lasting four days, will allow time to assess local trails, develop a detailed plan for the trail work, and conduct an IMBA Trail Building School, followed by a ride or hike with the locals.

    George Dewar, then Chair of the Friends of Short Hills Park, and Mark Custers, Superintendent of the Park, were approached by the ShortHills Cycling Club about the possibility of the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew visit last fall. They liked the idea, and invited the ShortHills Cycling Club to make formal presentations to the General Membership and the Board of Directors for Friends of Short Hills Park. The idea and presentations were met with unanimous support and the ShortHills Cycling Club was given permission to submit a request for a Trail Care Crew visit.

    Short Hills Provincial Park occupies an area of 6.6 km² and is located on the southern edge of the Niagara Escarpment in the centre of the Niagara Peninsula. Bordered by the City of St. Catharines and the Town of Pelham, the Park is a network of small, but steep, hills and valleys created by the last ice age. The only Park of its scale in Niagara, it is a prime destination for residents of Niagara for popular activities such as hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, fishing and mountain biking.


    About ShortHills Cycling Club
    A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of mountain biking, sustainable trail access and maintenance of trails on which mountain biker’s ride. SHCC supports the conservation of open spaces, and are committed to the education of off-road cyclists to ride sensitively and responsibly in order to protect the natural environment and the experience of other trail users.

    About Friends of Short Hills Park
    A community-based organization dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural integrity of Short Hills Provincial Park through liaison with Ontario Parks, volunteer work, public education and fund raising activities.

    About IMBA Canada
    The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada is a non-profit association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers throughout Canada. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking worldwide by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, and cooperation amongst different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.


    For more information:
    [email protected]
    www.shorthillscyclingclub.com
    www.imbacanada.com

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    Detailed scheduling.


    Saturday April 16 - 8:00am to 9:00pm
    Location: St. John’s Outdoor Studies Centre, 2984 Holland Road, Fonthill
    9:00am to 12:00pm - IMBA Trail Building School for attendees and guests
    12:00pm to 1:00pm - Lunch

    Location: Pelham Road entrance parking lot of Short Hills Provincial Park
    1:00pm to 5:00pm - Trail Building Site on Black Walnut Trail #2
    Participants should bring:
    • Water and snacks
    • Work gloves and hat
    • Sunscreen and/or bug spray
    • Closed toe shoes or boots (steel toe if possible)
    • Long pants
    • Rain gear, if necessary
    • A few of your favourite hand-tools (clippers, rakes and shovels are always handy)


    Location: Cats Caboose, 11-224 Glenridge Ave, St. Catharines
    5:00pm to 9:00pm – After Trail Work Get-Together


    Sunday April 17 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: Pelham Road entrance parking lot of Short Hills Provincial Park
    10:00am to 12:00pm - Trail Ride or Hike, weather and trail conditions permitting

    Location: Cats Caboose, 11-224 Glenridge Ave, St. Catharines
    12:00pm to 1:00pm – Lunch

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    I'm looking forward to doing this one too! Great work by all involved!
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    Apparently from what I'm told we made History today...
    The first time a Mountain Bike Club has been able to design and to actually put a shovel into the ground legally in a Provincal Park.


    IT WAS AWESOME.


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    REALLY looking forward to Saturday (and being "just" a participant)!
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    FANTASTIC!!!!
    Fingers crossed for good weather Saturday afternoon.

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    We were able to also mark out a 2 km new section of trail to replace a section of trail that has recently been closed to the Park by the property owner.
    The work has just started in the Park and there are so many more possible trails and re-works that can be done to improve the overall trail network.

    If you are coming on Saturday please be prepared to work in possible rainy conditions.

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    Getting things going...

    #TCC strong presence at Short Hills Provincial Park today.


    More work being done today to try and stay ahead of the rain on the weekend. Lots to get done.

    They tell us that its the first time a Mountain Bike Club has been able to design and to actually put a shovel into the ground legally in a Provincial Park. IMBA TCC making history two weekends in a row!

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    Bring on the rain. I'll be in full-on monsoon wear!
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    A full work day on the trails today.
    We managed to get 1/2 the new section completed along with starting the re-gen of the original trail section we bypassed.
    Its difficult to tell the original location of the trail now.

    I think the TCC will have some before and after pictures for their presentation tomorrow.


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    Thank you Short Hills for hosting another great day of trail-talk! Your club is a shining example of what you can accomplish with a great group of dedicated people. I was most impressed at how enthusiastic your Parks manager was with what you're doing.

    Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the baking! I ate so many muffins I thought I would burst! And then there was a BBQ!

    Great work guys!
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    I'd like to thank all those involved with this project. I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the past several days.
    This was a huge team effort and we all came together to make this visit a complete success.
    THIS WAS BIG!
    If you missed it you missed an historic 3 day visit.
    I can't thank IMBA Canada and the Trail Care Crew Deanne and Chad Lazaruk enough... thank you.

    From what we are being told this was the first time Mountain Bikers LEGALLY were allowed to design and build trail not only in an Ontario Provincial Park but on the Bruce Trail as well. The Black Walnut Trail #2 will never be the same rutted mess it was when we get finished the second stage of the project.

    Here are a few pictures taken by the Trail Care Crew.

    SHORT HILLS PARKING LOT BUILD DAY


    GETTING FRIENDLY WITH "HEIDI" THE HOE


    SETTING TRAIL GRADE WITH A CLINOMETER ON THE NEW #1 TRAIL BYPASS SECTION


    ANOTHER IMBA TCC FIRST USING A ROTOTILLER TO CLOSE A TRAIL SECTION

    BEFORE


    AFTER


    NEW TRAIL SECTION ON THE RIGHT


    THE NEW SINGLE TRACK SECTION ON #2 TRAIL


    SATURDAY'S CLEAN UP AND MARKING CREW

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    damn computer was messed up for a while, i sat on my @$$ all day, i would've loved to be there.. great work to everyone who did help out. i'll appreciate your efforts all summer long

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    What a fine looking crew.
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    well... we were finally able to get the Post IMBA TCC Visit second stage of our trail building reroute completed this Saturday before the rains hit us again.
    This is the new lower section of Short Hills Park Black Walnut Trail #2 (above the Scout Road).
    We now have over 375 hours of volunteer work in the trail section.




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    Wow! That looks perfect!

    All we could manage today was more flagging. Way too wet to build but we were really happy to see how well the stuff we have built is doing even in the rain!
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