We had lively and hard-working crew show up at Sechler Park river bottoms for our first ever CROCT trail work last Saturday. We clipped branches and cleared brush and leaves on a demonstration trail that we plan to show members of the Northfield Parks Board (PRAB) in the next month or so.
Back row, L to R: Jeremy Bokman, Galen Murray, Marty Larson, Lisa Neitge, Michael Lehmkuhl, Ryan Hutchinson, Kevin Herman, Josh Seifert. Front row: Marty and Lisa’s girls. Not shown: Michael’s wife and two kids who later showed up to help, too.
On Wednesday afternoon, Marty Larson and I visited the Cannon Rivers bottoms in Sechler Park to scout a trail, do a little marking, and clear some downed branches. We need some demonstration trails to show members of the Northfield Parks Board (PRAB) what singletrack looks like and where it might go. We are NOT authorized to do any ‘creating’ at this point (eg, building berms, rollers, technical obstacles, etc).
We’d like to get a team of volunteers out Saturday morning, April 19th, to clear things out a bit more.
9 am: meeting at the pavilion / playground near the south entrance Sechler Park.
Bring hand pruners, branch loppers, and bow saws so we can clear the trails where we’ll want PRAB members to walk. Bring rakes, too, as the ground is thick with years of composting leaves and vegetation. Eventually when most of the work is done, we will be installing the outdoor, brush cameras we got from shooting authority, they will surely capture great shots.
Park gates are NOT open till May 1. So if you’re coming in a vehicle, it’s probably best to park in the cul-de-sac behind Walgreens, as there’s not a lot of room for parking at the far end of Sechler by the Heath Creek entrance.
It’s fine to ride in on your bikes. The double-track from either end is solid now. So if you’re biking from Northfield, ride the road to the first baseball field and then cut behind it. Here’s a screenshot of a map. The red X is where we’ll be working.