Next volunteer work days

YES Plan volunteers start Thursday, June 4th through Monday, June 15th.  We welcome other volunteers on these days.

Youth Works starts Monday, June 22nd. These folks will be in the park on Monday’s and Tuesday’s till August 4th. We welcome other volunteers to join us.

These volunteer days start at 9AM in the front entrance of Pine Hill Park.

A few photos from the last few years:

 

Trails are open !

Pine Hill Park trails are open for mountain biking.

Trails are still tender please ride responsibly.

YES Plan volunteers start Thursday, June 4th through Monday, June 15th.  We welcome other volunteers on these days.

Youth Works starts Monday, June 22nd. These folks will be in the park on Monday’s and Tuesday’s till August 4th. We welcome other volunteers to join us.

These volunteer days start at 9AM in the front entrance of Pine Hill Park.

 

Please do not ride on trails in this condition. Your volunteers would greatly appreciate it.

Spring on the Carriage Trail

Conditions on the Carriage Trail as of April 17th are still pretty wet in spots. Good for frogs — but for bikes, not so much. Good news though, is that it looks to me like the work VYCC did last year in the wet areas is really helping to drain the trail faster.

View of low spot on the Power Line that crosses the Carriage Trail.
Low spot on the Power Line that crosses the Carriage Trail.

 

2015 Annual Meeting Report

2015 Annual dinner

Impressive amount of volunteers last year.

  • 3560 Volunteer Hours
  • 4708 VYCC plus Volunteer Hours
  • 68 Work days from the end of April to the end of October
  • 840 Number of volunteers in the park in 2014
  • Thank you very much to everyone who has helped in the park.

 

Projects Completed in 2014:

• Widened pedestrian bridges with Rutland Rotary South
• Rerouted Annex
• Trillium rerouted
• Santa’s Little Helper Mud holes repaired
• Lower Giorgetti by old softball field improved RHS XC team
• Two kiosks for Carriage Trail
• Repaired fabric showing on Underdog powerline
• Installed 7 French Drains on Birches near Voldemort
• First Turn on Exit Strategy had more dirt added to it
• Small reroute on PA4J/Lonely Rock has a less abrupt turn now
• VYCC 3 weeks on Carriage Trail
• VYCC 3 weeks in the fall on Carriage Trail and in the park for a total of 6 weeks
• Ribbon cutting for Carriage Trail
• Repaired powerline on Strong Angel
• Repaired powerline on Jersey Turnpike
• French Drain installed at base of powerline on Jersey Turnpike   near Arthur’s Chair
• French Drain installed on Lonely Rock

 

Future Projects for 2015 and beyond:

• Sore Elbow Segment 2
• Sore Elbow Segment 3
• Furlough needs TLC to prevent water running straight down it
• Shimmer needs TLC on corner to prevent trail erosion
• ‘S’ turn on PA4J near Stegosaurus needs some TLC
• Ramp VYCC started to build off PA4J to enter Strong Angel from West side needs attention
• Reroute for Santa’s near the Droopy Muffin intersection
• Boardwalk at main entrance needs to be leveled
A suggestion was made to widen the boardwalk
A suggestion of taking part of the white pine down that   hangs over the boardwalk that the pileated woodpecker is working over
• Broken Handlebar Extension-anyone will to step up and help with this trail?
• Trail by Carving Bench to prevent people from walking over gardens
• Front entrance-smooth upper tier out so can be mowed
• Fabric on Overlook near the top of Root Ride

Introduced the redesigned Pine Hill Park webpage www.pinehillpark.org   Check it out.

We need a champion to drive the Broken Handlebar Trail Extension project

We would like to extend our gratitude to Tim Vile and Ben Reller who have helped us out in many way over the years.

Our board of directors for 2015 are: Joel Blumenthal, Andy Shinn, Keith Wight, Shelley Lutz, Claus Bartenstein, Dave Jenne and Bruce Saxman.

Please use TrailHub.org to find out condition of trails.

Annual Meeting set for March 30

We are hoping you can attend the Pine Hill Partnership annual meeting on Monday, March 30th at 6pm at the Godnick Ctr. We will have some great food (both vegetarian, non-vegetarian and dessert), a short business meeting along with a short slide show.

We will have a short slide show to show our accomplishments for 2014 and plans for 2015.  If you are unsure of your membership dues please contact Shelley at shelley.lutz@gmail.com or 775 4867 before 8pm for your current dues status.

Please RSVP to Shelley by Wednesday, March 25th if you can attend.

Spring Trail Closures-are now open as of May 20th.

trail_closings_DEC2014These trails are now open as of May 20th. Please ride them gently as the trail tread is tender.

Exit Strategy, Lichen Rock,  steep hill on Droopy leading towards Dewey Wood Rd are closed still closed as of May 10th.  These trails received some TLC on our community work day and we hope to open these in another week or so.

PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THESE CLOSED TRAILS at this time.

 

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Carriage Trail is closed to mountain bikes

 

We are all patiently waiting for the Carriage Trail to dry out. Please stay off the Carriage Trail with your mountain bike.   VYCC did a lot of drainage work last year but trail still could be soft in April and May. Please be respectful of our trail that was many years in the making.

The Carriage Trail came into concept in 2007. It took us 6 years to get approval from all the landowners.

Thanks to a VTrans Grant we were able to have VYCC come in 2013 to make the Carriage Trail sustainable. VYCC returned on the same grant in 2014 and put more drainage in areas that we had problems with in the spring.

We are extremely hopeful that spring of 2015 the trail will dry out quicker so we can play on it quicker.

A huge thank you to the private and public landowners for allowing us to ‘officially’ open this trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Biking Events

Rutland Recreation holds the Droopy Pedal Race series on the 3rd Monday of the months of June, July and August. For more information please go to: https://registerb.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/rutland.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=8cb32e07-8336-01a3-f613-372bf02cecc6  Enter 263052 in activity number box.

Rutland Recreation also hosts a Women’s Mountain bike clinic for the month of May on Thursday nights. Please preregister for this clinic at: https://registerb.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/rutland.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=8cb32e07-8336-01a3-f613-372bf02cecc6 Enter 561041 in activity number box. For 2015 the first night will be Thursday, April 30th at 6pm.

There is a Youth Mountain bike group that starts riding June 8th on Monday and Friday nights. This is sponsored by Rutland Rec and coached by volunteers.  Ride groups are established by ability levels.  Each group goes out with two adult leaders. Please register for this event at registerb.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/rutland.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=dc6cc87c-5d98-21af-f613-60a97097cb37&xxcim=0&xxmod=AR&xxrowid=0x0000000000154301&xxfrom=wb0330.html  . Enter 23001 in activity number box.