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Irondequoit Bay Park West - Update

Within the past year, Irondequoit Bay Park West has seen a number of improvements including the split-rail fencing at on the Blue trail, new maps in the kiosks, extensive work on the Red and Blue trails, and more. GROC Trail Crew’s newest endeavor is an extension of the Orange trail.

The Orange extension project will greatly enhance the current trail network by adding length to Orange and offer some very fun new singletrack. Also, of equal importance, it will allow us to take an unsustainable section offline. While no one wants to see trail go away, closures are sometimes important to protect users (safety) and the landscape (prevent erosion). When the time comes, and we close the section of trail that isn’t working well, please respect the trail closure and the need to heal the landscape of our beloved park.

In related news, I (Adam Reitz) have stepped up to be the new captain for Irondequoit Bay Park West. Most of you know me for the work I’ve done on the Red trail – and more recently leading crews to improve Blue – others know me from my dedication to educating young riders and future trail stewards as Singletrack Academy. I love building trail as much as I do riding it and am particularly passionate about IBPW. I was part of the group that got it legalized,

helped with the initial design and construction efforts, and am dedicated to the future vision of making it a first-class riding destination. I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge of digging, and I look forward to working with everyone willing to step up to make great things happen!

Work on the Orange extension project has already begun and will take place on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings (until completed). Pitch in and join me, and the GROC Trail Crew, in our effort to enhance the IBPW trail network!

 

Sincerely,

Adam Reitz

GROC Trail Crew Captain for IBPW

 

Prune in June - Dryer Rd Park - Trail Crew - June 14th, 2014

Prune in June 2014 on A-Train


GROC Trail Crew held the annual Prune in June event this past Saturday morning on a beautiful cool sunny day. A Crew of 20 volunteers came armed with various shears, loppers, saws, and more to open up all the trails at Dryer Rd Park that were feeling a bit skinny with all of the brush growth this spring. The crew cleaned up almost every trail in Dryer Rd - no small task even for 20 people!

 

Trimming back the brush on A-Train

 

While everyone is excited to build great new trails, it is maintenance like this which ensures our existing trails stay usable and fun. No one likes to find a thorny branch hanging in their path! Keep an eye out for new trail work events focusing on fixing up the Pump Track, CMP, Humpty Dumpty, and other trails!


Volunteers:

Hours:

Total:

20 8:00a-11:00a 60 Person-Hours

Thanks to all the volunteers that came out and helped!

 


Posted by EBB 2014-06-16

 

Dryer Road Park Update

We are well into a new and great season for the shared use trails at Dryer Road Park in Victor. The trails are riding very well in general and we have been out with multiple work parties, building new trails and fixing others.

Breaking it down:

  • KIOSK- Brian Emelson and the crew at Parks and Rec have built a beautiful new kiosk with multiple windowed sections backed with cork board and hung wipe boards, allowing us to keep visitors informed about Random Postings, Upcoming Events and Work Parties, Trail Conditions, etc.
  • SIGNAGE- Mary Lee keeps creating hand made trail signs
  • WINTER DAMAGE REPAIR- some folks couldn't avoid riding when the trails were still wet and soft. Most of the damage has been repaired. We had to bring in a front loader with dirt and acres of volunteers to fill in the low spots on the path in the lower field near the parking lot, and we made some new grade reversals, too.
  • NEW TRAILS- with 37 volunteers on one work party, including an Eagle Scout candidate and his troop, as well as many GROC members, we made 2 new, short trails, one extending Tree Beard to Victor Hiking Trail (VHT) and the other bringing VHT itself into the woods and merging with the newTree Beard extension.
  • VHT REFURB- we are well into a multistage, multi-day project fixing a badly eroded trail. We have used various construction techniques to create grade reversals to improve drainage. This is the Rte 490 of Dryer Road which gets the most wear and its substance has been that of a large sandbox
  • TRAIL CLOSURES- for the time being, and until these trails can be made safer and sustainable, both Humpty Dumpty and CMP were taken off line.

FUTURE PLANS- Soon, we will have our annual Prune in June work party, to keep the trails passable. We have flagged one possible new trail and at least one reroute. We will try to get something worked out in the Humpty/CMP area that will be fun, safe and sustainable. Not sure how soon.

Please, join GROC Trail Crew and watch for future work parties that you can join.

Mark Rosenzweig

 

Extension of Tree Beard and VHT - Dryer Rd Park - Trail Crew - May 17th, 2014

GROC Trail Crew has been busy at Dryer Rd Park! A big crew worked early morning May 17th 2014 to build new extensions on Tree Beard and Victor Hiking Trail up at the top of the hill.

 

Trail Work Area Map

The new trails extend Victor Hiking Trail and Tree Beard to meet near the trailhead at the field. The new trail features a log crossing and some nice sweeping turns.

 

 

Extension of Treebeard looking towards field.

Extension of Victor Hiking Trail

The Crew at work - Photo Credit: Scott Makai

Photo Credit: Scott Makai

 

 

Small changes to trails like this are how the Trail Crew continuously improves the trails in our region. Keep an eye out for new trail work events focusing on fixing up the Pump Track, CMP, Humpty Dumpty, and other trails!


Volunteers:

Hours:

Total:

17 8:30a-10:30a 51 Person-Hours

Thanks to all the volunteers that came out and helped!

 


Posted by EBB 2014-06-16

 

GROC Supporting Local Parks Day

Pick Up The Parks Event

Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.” This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 parks and 12,000 acres within. We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green.

Pick up the parks has been running for 5 years and GROC has been part of the planning and participation every year.

This year we were charged with Tryon Park. Although GROC volunteers keep the park in great shape all year round there is always more that can get cleaned up. This year we also had some of there Trail Crew doing some trails work and many of the volunteers worked on cleaning debris and leafs off the trails.

Thanks to the more than 25 individuals who joined in the Tryon clean up and the 100's of other volunteers who cleaned up the other 21 other wonderful Monroe County Parks.

3.25 tons of waste collected (6,500 pounds) of which 1.3 tons (36%) of it was salvageable for recycling (tires, metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, etc.)

Sincerely:

Jonathan Brown
President

 

Gravel Armoring of Purple Trail - West Bay Park - Trail Crew - April 13th, 2014

This past weekend an industrious crew of Trail Crew members set out on the first major trail maintenance event of this riding season. Using crushed stone provided by Monroe County Parks, the purple trail entrance at the top of the hill on Orchard Park Blvd was reinforced.

Map of work area

 

This new cladding of the entrance trail completes the change to a more sustainable entrance that promotes proper drainage and prevents the erosion of the tread - something the original entrance trail did not succeed in doing.

 

 

Moving gravel down the trail with our train of wheelbarrows

Soft parts of the trail were covered in gravel

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Recap of 2011 Volunteer Awards / Membership Event

We had a great event last month celebrating our volunteers and supporters for 2011. We wanted to take the time to not only thank the over 120 volunteers but recognize some individual efforts by those who have gone above and beyond in helping brig to life allot of new trails and supporting our sport in may ways.

Did you know:

  • GROC had recorded over 7,778 Hours of volunteer time in the last 4 years (this is definitely under reported)
  • The Volunteer tie that you have put in has a real value of over $105,552 ( Based on Corporation for National and Community Service)

Take a look at the presentation of what has been accomplished in the last few years

We recognized individuals by the park they have been most passionate about, and this is exactly what we need to help keep these parks in great shape. Individuals who want to be a steward of the parks they love and ride.

We also recognized the individuals we have been working with from the County Parks Department wo were in attendance and reported that things are going very well with the Pilot Program:

  • Dave Renaldo
  • Mark Quinn

who have been so supportive of and really done an amazing job with Tryon and West bay and working with us to make the Pilot Program possible. Special thanks to them for all the work they do in our parks.

The following were the individuals that we wanted to recognize for their outstanding efforts:

Special Projects and outstanding GROC support

  • Dawn Gunn (Outstanding Achievement)
  • Steve Drawe (Outstanding Achievement)
  • Heidi Jensen
  • Mark Stoll
  • Dave Whitehouse
  • Craig Pratt (Webster Trails)

 

Dryer Road Park

  • Mary Ellen Meleca (Outstanding Achievement)
  • John Vyverberg
  • Shawn Wyjad
  • Manny Lopes
  • Victor Gasbar
  • Kirk Bingaman
  • Drew Devereaux
  • Joe Harding
  • Ward Melville
  • Lisa Gaspar
  • Barb Rosenberg
  • Chris Graziano
  • Bob Ledgerwood
  • Shannon Pattison

Tryon Park

  • Doug Crane (Outstanding Achievement)
  • Ryan Esse
  • Eric Dupont
  • Zach Potter

West Bay

  • Forge Racing
  • Barb Roos

Ontario County Park

  • Peter Landre (Outstanding Achievement)
  • Bruce Hayward
  • Mark Swartout
  • Greg Radak
 
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