Josh & Jayden Seifert lead the upgrade to CROCT’s Sechler skills park

CROCT member Josh Seifert has redesigned and led a major redevelopment of the skills area in Sechler Park this fall, adding 3 table top jumps, a large wooden berm dubbed Bermzilla, a stockade berm, and several rollers:

Sechler skills park redesign sketch - Josh Seifert Josh Seifert CROCT volunteers - Sechler skills park

His son Jayden has been working at his side much of the time:

Jayden Seifert Jayden Seifert Josh & Jayden Seifert

Josh & Jayden Seifert Josh & Jayden Seifert Josh & Jayden Seifert

As we were about to reopen the park, major flooding of the Cannon River in late September did some damage:

flood-damaged Sechler skills park flood-damaged Sechler skills park flood-damaged Sechler skills park

While waiting for the water to recede, Josh and Jayden spent Saturday Oct 3 at the Lebanon Hills MTB park in Eagan for Dakota County’s Wild Mountain Festival and IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Dakota County's Wild Mountain Festival at Lebanon Hills MTB Park

Like last year, Jayden won the race for his age group. Like other parents, his dad had to race on Jayden’s bike:

Jayden Seifert Jayden Seifert

Jayden Seifert Josh Seifert

Josh and a small team of volunteers did the repairs to the Sechler skills park yesterday:

repairs to Sechler skills park repairs to Sechler skills park

repaired Sechler skills park repaired Sechler skills park

We hope to open later this week, as soon as the dirt hardens.

CROCT’s Sechler skills park is getting an upgrade

More details to come when it’s open but here are two Tweets:

CROCT needs 25 more volunteers to march banners in the DJJD parade. $1,000 at stake. Free CROCT t-shirts!

Some of our CROCT board members put their call center hats on this week, contacting people 1-to-1 via text, phone, email, and live chat:

CROCT board members Aleasha Markley, Sarag Jansen, Griff Wigley

CROCT board members Jeremy Bokman, Kevin Herman, Galen Murray


Because $1,000 is at stake!

We’re eagerly seeking more volunteers to march banners in the Defeat of Jesse James Days parade on Sept 11. We have about 50 volunteers signed up thus far, and we need 25 more.

More details, with a link to the signup form are in this CROCT blog post.

Northfield City Council approves Sechler Park contract with CROCT

CROCT Board members Griff Wigley and Marty Larson

As of 11am Friday, we have a signed contract (MOU) with the City of Northfield, Minnesota for our trail in Sechler Park. Props to City Engineer Dave Bennett, Streets & Parks Manager Jasper J Kruggel, the Northfield Parks & Rec Advisory Board (PRAB), and the Northfield City Council for their unanimous support. And a tip of the helmet to Matt Andrews at IMBA Midwest for his behind-the-scenes consulting.

CROCT fundraiser! Volunteers needed to march banners for DJJD parade

Join us September 11th in the Defeat of Jesse James Day parade as a CROCT volunteer! Responsibilities include: wearing a cool CROCT T-shirt (that you get to keep!):

CROCT t-shirt sample

marching with a banner (from 2-4 pm):

DJJD parade volunteers banner 2015

and looking like you LOVE biking and trails (easy!).

We need to get the word out about CROCT in order to raise funds to support our active and expanding trail building and mountain biking education projects.

We will begin staging at 1 pm, in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church (Google map link).

In addition to filling out our volunteer signup form:

DJJD parade volunteers signup form

please print, sign and bring the waiver (PDF) to the parade:

DJJD Parade Waiver

Children are welcome!

DJJD button 2016

Questions? Contact the CROCT parade volunteer co-chairs, Sarah Jansen and Aleasha Markley.

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