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:
His son Jayden has been working at his side much of the time:
As we were about to reopen the park, major flooding of the Cannon River in late September did some damage:
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.
Like last year, Jayden won the race for his age group. Like other parents, his dad had to race on Jayden’s bike:
Josh and a small team of volunteers did the repairs to the Sechler skills park yesterday:
We hope to open later this week, as soon as the dirt hardens.
More details to come when it’s open but here are two Tweets:
We’re negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Northfield for our mountain bike trail and skills park in Sechler Park. We want the ability to use a variety of power tools, including chainsaws and skid steers. Marty Larson and I presented to the Northfield City Council tonight:
Here’s our slideshow:
Update 2/17, 1 pm: here’s the City’s video archive of our presentation the meeting. 20 minutes:
Continue reading CROCT slide presentation to Northfield City Council — power tool usage in Sechler 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:
I soon discovered it could do other things, like move logs and boulders. I put Bill to work:
Bill eventually got sick of me bossing him and his tractor around so he gave me a few operator lessons:
I teamed up with CROCT member Jason Decoux from Faribault to fashion the table top:
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:
CROCT has formally adopted the naturals lands area of Sechler Park via the City of Northfield, Minnesota’s Adopt-a-Park program:
We purchased a sign and today, installed it at the entrance of the singletrack trail behind the kiosk:
Today’s Northfield News has an article by Nick Gerhardt (@NorthfieldNick) titled Sechler Park mountain bike trail attracts youth riders. In addition to the Monday night youth group ride summer series, it also features the Cannon Valley Composite Mountain Bike Team coached by CROCT member Todd Trembley.
The mountain bike trail at Sechler Park saw an infusion of youth riders this summer as part of a program the Northfield Community Services and it might have an impact in the future. Group rides were held Mondays at Sechler Park from June through August for riders entering grade 5 to adult riders and led by members of Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails group. The rides attracted anywhere from a dozen to 25 riders during the summer and the sessions concluded with a trip to the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System. The youth riders who participated in the Monday night rides could find themselves competing with the Cannon Valley Composite team in the future It reminded me of the time I took a trip to Sweden, and learned about låna-pengar.biz. .