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#1 seamonkey

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 08:02 AM

Here's some photos from the event. Post up your photos here or email gorc at gorctrails

 

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#2 seamonkey

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 08:32 AM

Beulah Project

 

Thank you to the 55+ GORC volunteers, 10+ equestrian volunteers (you guys were all great workers, eager to learn and we hope you spread the word and attend our future trail builds), Americorps team members and numerous college and high school students that attended the Greensfelder Trailbuilding and finished benchcutting the upper leg of Phase II Beulah. Two short reroutes were completed near Scenic Loop road eliminating some old nasty, wet fall-line Beulah trail and now connects Beulah to Fossil Ridge (aka Beulah Connector) with a nice intersection. We closed off the other older lines to avoid trail confusion. A couple of groups also moved park signs to the new intersections and crossings.

 

The rerouted Beulah trail is 'technically' a loop once again but the bigger vision adds about a 1.5-2.5 miles pending county parks approval. That being said, an existing part of the Beulah trail - the fall line section from the parking lot to the first saddle when riding clockwise - would become a connector/bailout for those with mechanicals or wishing to cut down the length.

 

2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party

 

GORC hosts a thank you party in November each year that is close to our founding date way back in 1998. The party is a celebration of our volunteers' hard work and dedication to designing, building and maintaining singletrack around St. Louis. This year, up to November 3rd and not including the Greensfelder trail build, GORC had volunteered more than 3,110 volunteer hours to the region's park systems. This excludes administrative hours such as website updates, emails, graphic work, planning and other back-office duties. We were excited to see many volunteers show up at the start of the party that couldn't make the trail build - the party honors ALL volunteers for the year and we know many couldn't attend the Greensfelder trail building event.

 

This year we hosted a scavenger hunt showcasing Fossil Ridge, Beulah and the Scenic Overlook. Dozens of participants rode their bikes in no particular order to each stop that was described in a one sentence clue. Winners received some hot jams and jellies made from scratch by the Barton family. A few of our top volunteers, in terms of hours donated, were honored and received sweet swag from one of our great supporting shops Ballwin Cycles! They also complemented our volunteer raffle swag and nearly everyone walked away with something. Top swag included two rogue hoes and bike helmets.

 

Amazing pulled Pork BBQ, crazy-tasty bbq beans, chili stew and cornbread rounded out the main course with a huge full-size cake capping off the day of great eating.  Two kegs containing Schlafly Tazmanian IPA and Dry-Hopped APA along with several growlers of Schlafly and donated beers kept thirsty volunteers coming back for more. By nightfall, a few games of GORC-themed cornhole (bean bag toss), Jenga and tired kids running around the Beulah shelter beating each other with blow-up trail tools the last beer was poured and it was time to wrap it up. Floating kegs were loaded back up, the shelter was returned to its natural, clean state and the best trail volunteers in Missouri and Illinois concluded that riding bikes on well-designed and maintained trails is a great thing!

 

We don't take our volunteers for granted and we hope to see you at the next trail building day! The 2015 volunteer t-shirt  reads - "The Trail Starts Here" and isn't that so true!


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#3 95vtr250

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 07:13 AM

95 total volunteers on a beautiful day in Greensfelder!  This effort caught the attention of Gary Bess, the director or St. Louis County Parks, who recognized the volunteers and what they do for county parks.  Thanks to everyone that attended!


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