Category Archives: Trail work

Bill Nelson’s Ford tractor helps to transform the Sechler skills park

Last week, CROCT member and uber volunteer Bill Nelson drove his Ford Tractor back home. It had been on duty for the past couple of months in the Sechler skills park. 13-second video:

Bill originally brought his tractor to the skills park to sculpt dirt into a beginner table top jump:

Bill Nelson, Ford tractor

Bill Nelson, Ford tractor

I soon discovered it could do other things, like move logs and boulders. I put Bill to work:

Bill Nelson, Ford tractor

Bill eventually got sick of me bossing him and his tractor around so he gave me a few operator lessons:

Griff Wigley, Ford tractor

I teamed up with CROCT member Jason Decoux from Faribault to fashion the table top:

Jason Decoux

Jason Decoux

I eventually began to see how the tractor could expand the possibilities for more features in the skills park:

I got better at sculpting with it:

By late fall, I graduated summa cum laude from the Mountain Bike Skills Park Tractor Operators Academy. Thanks to Mr. Bill for the mentoring, the keys, and the hat:

Griff Wigley, Bill Nelson, Ford Tractor guys

Mike’s Bikes crew hauls DNR timbers and planks to Sechler skills park

Nick Becker, Stew Moyer, and Gareth Bly from Mike’s Bikes in downtown Northfield took time out of their work day today to install new TreadHunter tires on the rig and haul planks & timbers from the City of Northfield ‘s compost site to the Sechler skills park.Nick Becker, Stew Moyer, and Gareth Bly: Mike's Bikes

We’ll use the wood (from the flood-damaged Mill Towns Trail bridge) for a bridge at Caron Park & miscellaneous skills park features.

Thank you,  Nick, Stew, and Gareth!

Fall 2015 trail work schedule, Caron Park

Helllllooo all trail lovers! It’s in the air again. The bugs are low and disappearing. The weeds are dying off. It’s time to get back into the woods and build more trails!

Our Caron Park mtb trail is the prime target right now. We need some volunteers to get out there and rake the existing trail. This can be done by anyone, at anytime, no permission required. If you have an hour, if you have four. Every little bit helps for that!

Scheduled days for trail work:

  • Sundays: 10 am and on
  • Wednesdays: 3pm to dark thirty
  • Fridays: 10 or 11 am and on

This year, instead of meeting in the Caron Park parking lot, mosey down to the creek. We’ll be working on the far side this fall. We’ve made good progress so far, but a little help goes a long ways!

Once Caron is closer to complete, we’ll start in Northfield again on the east side of the River.

Subscribe to updates on our CROCT Facebook page and/or follow our @CROCTmtb Twitter feed for weather updates and tighter time starts as each day approaches!

Dirt delivery donation: Charles R. Gleason Company

Jim Gleason, owner of Charles R. Gleason Company (aka Gleason Sand & Gravel) recently donated the delivery of a load of dirt from the City of Northfield ‘s maintenance facility.

And yesterday, driver Andy Valek delivered it to the Sechler skills park where we’ll soon start construction of a beginner’s tabletop jump.

Thank you Jim and Andy!

Dirt delivery donation: Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping

Leif Knecht, co-owner of Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping, got load of dirt from the City of Northfield ‘s maintenance facility yesterday and graciously delivered it for free to the Sechler skills park.  We’ll soon start construction of a beginner’s tabletop jump.

Thank you, Leif!

Leif Knecht, Knecht's Nurseries & Landscaping

CROCT’s first kiosk is in place at the Sechler Park MTB Trailhead

It’s been nine months since we opened the our first mountain bike trail in Northfield’s Sechler Park and we finally have a kiosk at the trail head. It’s adjacent to the paved Mill Towns Trail at the west end of the Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge, a few yards from the cul-de-sac behind Walgreen’s:

Sechler Park MTB trailhead kiosk, Northfield

Sechler Park MTB trailhead kiosk, Northfield

This type of kiosk was recommended to us by TJ Heinricy, Streets & Parks Supervisor with the City of Northfield. (There’s a similar one in the Babcock Park dog park just across the Cannon River. ) Since this portion of the park is in the flood plain, he thought it best to avoid anything too fancy and anything made of wood.  CROCT paid for it ($475) and TJ covered the not-so-insignificant shipping costs out of his parks budget.

CROCT member and uber volunteer Bill Nelson took charge of the kiosk installation yesterday.  I was his marginally adequate helper:

Bill Nelson installing the Sechler Park MTB trailhead kiosk, Northfield

Griff Wigley & Bill Nelson, Sechler Park MTB trailhead kiosk, Northfield

 

So thank you Bill and TJ, and thank you to all CROCT members and CROCT donors. Your financial support paid for the kiosk.