We hope everyone had an excellent Holiday season and your New Year is off to a great start! Amidst the snow and freezing cold, we here at GROC have been reflecting on all the great work that was accomplished by the Trail Crew last season (check out the link below if you missed our End of Year Meeting). We are very thankful for the time and energy everyone contributed. Your efforts helped create and maintain trails that all users appreciated and enjoyed!
Looking ahead to the New Year there are some really exciting projects and opportunities that GROC will be involved with. A few of these include…
- a new connector route between Tryon and BPW that will allow trail users to safely traverse Empire Blvd, once County gets approval to go through City property.
- Orange Trail Extension will be completed at BPW.
- Many trails at DRP will continue to get “face lifts”.
- Work that started late last season on the new Black Trail will continue in Ontario County Park. For those familiar with OCP, the Black Trail will be located below Brown. This is a huge new project that will add miles of sweet singletrack to OCP!
In addition to these projects, GROC has been asked to participate in developing new shared use trails in two more areas, Greece Canal Park, and a park in Perinton. Greece Canal Park has already been approved for shared-use trails, so now we are looking for trail crew from that area to form a team to help design and build trails. Also, the Town of Perinton recently contacted GROC and asked us to join with other trail users to plan and build shared-use trails in one of their parks.
We also have several future opportunities within the Monroe County Park system on our radar. The master pans for Webster Park, Mendon Ponds Park, and Powder Mills Park are currently up for review and we need your support. Specifically, we need people to come out to public input meetings and be willing to volunteer to build and maintain trail in these parks.
With all of these opportunities available to us, GROC needs more volunteers, especially more dedicated members who are willing to take leadership responsibilities. As many of you know, Trail Crew leaders work out of a park of their choosing and are responsible for organizing volunteers for work parties and also working with land managers as GROC’s representative. What you may not know is that leaders do not need to be experienced trail builders! All you need is a willingness to learn. We will provide training and support as needed. Please spread the word that we are looking for new volunteers and consider bringing a friend or family member out to do some trail work this season. And, if you are interested in a leadership position, please contact GROC, we would love to talk with you!
IF you have interst contact:
GROC Trail Crew Leaders