Trail Day, May 7, 2016 was a Big Success

Another successful trails work day was held last Saturday and our group had beautiful weather throughout.

The team replaced a few smaller, crumbling boardwalks with one long bridge over the stream on the Yellow trail. The entire area is stream and wetlands and this bridge will enable AAPOA hikers, bikers and runners access over this area reducing erosion.

I want to thanks our volunteers:
Kevin McDonough and his dog, Marcy, Frank Krueger, Greg Karl, Jim Jacobs and Laurie George for all the wood carrying, arranging and building. A huge thanks to Kevin and Frank for planning the bridge, buying the wood (fortunately funded by the association!) and pre-cutting.

This is the third year of the trails committee and I’m always impressed with the turnout and what we accomplish. Looking forward to our day in the Fall.

Until then, enjoy the attached pics.

Paul Longenderfer, Trail Comm. Chair

Beginning construction of the bridge.

Beginning construction of the bridge.

Progress moved right along.

Progress moved right along.

A Day's Work Well Done

A Day’s Work Well Done

Trails Maintenance Day – Sunday, October 11th

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 11th for this year’s Fall Trails Maintenance Day. NOTE: this is a different date from the one published in the Spring newsletter.

We’ll meet at the Lake Eaton parking lot at 8:30 AM and then disperse from there, most likely working on the Silver trail and possibly a few other projects throughout our trail system.

Please email Paul at plonge1 (at) gmail.com with any question or to let us know if you can volunteer.

Thanks.

Paul Longenderfer, AAPOA Board Member

AAPOA Holds Spring Trail Maintenance Day

 

I want to thank everyone who came out to Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday May 2nd. There was great attendance and we completed our planned projects. Here’s an overview of our accomplishments:

Trenched, drained and rebuilt six, large wet areas on the Blue trail. There were several low lying areas that pooled up to six inches of water. The team dug release points to drain the areas and a trench system to continually drain the area in the future. Then rebuilt the muddy area by backfilling with dirt and rock. We also built a dirt transition into the bog bridge on the blue trail to make it easier for bikers and runners to access the bridge.

Trail  committee at work

               Trail committee at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d like to specifically thank those who volunteered their time to make our Trail Maintenance Day a success:

Frank Krueger
Kevin McDonough
Mike Diehl
Phil Dooley
Kirk Baughman
Greg Karl
Jim Jacobs
Martin Tyler
Nancy MacDonald
Greg MacDonald
Paul Longenderfer

Our next official Trail Maintenance Day is scheduled for October 3, so be on the lookout for planning emails later this summer.

Thanks again for all your hard work!

Paul Longenderfer, Chairperson and AAPOA Board Member

What an improvement

AAPOA Has Very Productive Spring Trail Maintenance Day

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Trail Committee, led by chairperson Paul Longenderfer, met to work on the Blue Trail in the Acres. They trenched, drained and rebuilt several wet areas and built a bridge over a small stream. The team dug release points to drain the areas and a trench system to continually drain the area in the future.

This work will help reduce erosion and will lead to a better hiking and biking experience for our members. In addition to Paul Longenderfer, the following AAPOA members of the Trail Committee volunteered their time to make the day a success: Frank Krueger, Phil Dooley, Greg Karl, Jim Jacobs, Cory Egglefield and Margaret Horn.

A special thanks go to Frank for his time scoping the Blue Trail for the bridge placement and to both Frank and Kevin McDonough for buying and cutting the wood prior to the work day.

It is wonderful to have active AAPOA members who go the extra mile for all of us. Thank you all for your time and effort.  AAPOA members are welcome to check out this trail and all our other hiking trails.

The next Trail Maintenance Day is scheduled for October 4, 2014. Let us know by email if you are willing to help out on this committee.

Rosemary Barry, President AAPOA

Frank Krueger stands at the new bridge

Trail Committee Completes Another Project

I want to thank everyone who came out to Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  We had great attendance, completed our projects earlier than anticipated and beat the rain.  Here’s an overview of our accomplishments:

1.  Built seven bog bridges on the Silver trail, which goes around Lake Eaton.  One near the trail head approaching the beaver dam and six more within the next half mile of trail.  The bridges will help aid in preventing further erosion of the trail in several very wet areas and will lead to a better hiking experience for everyone.

2. Cut branches and removed other objects from the entire Silver trail.  All blowdown and branches that were growing into the trail were removed, resulting in a safer and more fun hike around the lake.

I’d like to specifically thank those who volunteered their time to make our Trail Maintenance Day a success: Greg Karl, Laurie George, Kevin McDonough, Frank Krueger, Tim Fitzgerald, Jim Jacobs, Paul Longenderfer, Greg Barlow, Matt Dobbs, Alex Domingue, Mike Diehl

In addition, I’d like to thank both Kevin and Frank for monetary donations for additional materials, their time scoping the Silver trail for bridge placement and to Kevin for buying the wood at Ward lumber.  Ward was generous in giving us a discount on some of the materials. Finally, a thanks to Gregory Wright for donating his old deck wood, to Greg Karl who reached out to Gregory Wright to ask him for the donation and to Kevin and Frank who sorted and hauled away the donated wood.

Paul Longenderfer, Chairperson Trail Committee and AAPOA Board member.

One of seven new bridges on the Silver trail

One of seven new bridges on the Silver trail.

Volunteers hard at work during Trail Maintenance Day.

Volunteers hard at work during Trail Maintenance Day.