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April 22, 2015

Dear Pine Hill Enthusiasts,

With our upcoming work day this Saturday I think of this as the start of another great spring, summer and fall for Pine Hill. I eagerly look for to mountain biking and getting back in a routine of once a week trail running. It is play time! This is a long email as we have a lot of great things going on in the park this summer. There is a calendar at the end if you want to print it out and put on your refrigerator.

PINE HILL PARTNERSHIP

As most of you know the Pine Hill Partnership is a Friends organization who has taken on the responsibility of stewarding the trails of Pine Hill and the Carriage Trail. If you are not a member of the Partnership I strongly encourage you to support them. Our trail system is 100% maintained by volunteers due to the work of the Partnership. You can download an application at their updated web site www.pinehillpark.org. You can also support the Partnership through purchases at Amazon. If you enter Amazon through http://smile.amazon.com/ a portion of your purchase will go to the organization. You just need to register once and then after that every time you log into your account it will ask if want to enter through the Smile fund.

WORK DAYS

The first work day is this Saturday, April 25, starting at 9:00 a.m. We will work on the front entrance and tackle other projects throughout the park depending on the # of volunteers. You can stay for an hour or all morning – up to you! If you have kids, young or old, I recommend bringing them along. It is a great family activity.

The second work day is Saturday May 9, starting at 9:00 a.m. The projects for that work day will depend on what gets accomplished on the 25th.

We will be hosting volunteer groups from Rutland High School and Youth Works again this year. If you ever have time available during the day to help be a crew leader please contact Shelley Lutz at shelley.lutz@gmail.com or Keith Wight at kwwight@gmail.com and they will add you to the list. We often have local youth join in with Youthworks during the summer to help out. They are in the park on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 – 3:00. Again, contact Shelley or Keith if your child is interested.

Please be respectful of closed trails. Some of the closed trails are showing some sign of usage and that just isn’t respectful of all the hours the volunteers have put into the park. We are also a “no rake” park. This means that we do not rake leaves off the trails in the fall. This is a controversial subject but we ask that you respect our no rake policy.Thanks!

RACES

We have another great season of races coming up. Our races are all supported by Rutland Regional Medical Center Rehabilitation Services. Their support allows us to provide the races for free to all youth and keep the cost to $5 per adult. The Senior Games Race is $15 as $10 of the fee goes to the Vermont Senior Games.

Senior Games Mountain Bike Race

10:00 a.m. Start with registration opening at 9:00 a.m. You can pre-register at http://www.vermontseniorgames.org/.

GO PLAY RACE SERIES

All races start at 6:30 p.m. with registration opening at 5:45 p.m. Walkers are welcome to wear a bib or can choose the “craft stick” option and just let us know you returned when you are all done. Grab a friend or come on your own and GO PLAY!

Walk, Wag & Run

4th Tuesday of May, June and July @ the College of St. Joseph. There is a 2.5K or 5K option. Dogs are encouraged!

Summer Sunset Series

2nd Tuesday of June, July and August @ Pine Hill Park. New this year is a 1K option.

Droopy Pedal

3rd Monday of June, July and August @ Pine Hill Park. There are 3 different distance options. This is a fun, super-low cost way of going for a bike ride where someone else sets the course. You do not need to be a competitive rider to participate. See if you are getting more fit over the summer by keeping track of your time each month.

NATURE PROGRAMS with Tom Estill

New this year is programs led by naturalist Tom Estill. Our first one is this Saturday! All the programs are free. The crafts program requires a pre-registration as there are limited spots. For full information on the programs visit: http://www.rutlandrec.com/inspirations-in-nature

NIGHT OWL PROWL

Saturday April 25, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

BIRD WALK

Saturday May 9, from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

NATURE HIKE

Saturday July 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NATURE CRAFTS

Saturday July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Remember to pre-register for this one as there are limited spots.

KIWANIS BIKE RODEO

This annual event is supported by the Rutland Kiwanis, Killington Pico Cycling Club and the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department. The Kiwanis provides free helmets, the KPCC will tune up your child’s bike and the Recreation Department will run a safety skills course. Helmets are available on a first come-first served basis.

Date: Sunday May 17 @ Giorgetti Park

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The safety skills course is replaced with a mountain bike skills course at 3:00 p.m. Make sure to bring your child’s bike so they can take full advantage of all the offerings.

WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC

This class is designed for beginning to advanced beginner mountain bike riders. Bike handling skills will be taught to build confidence on the trails. The Clinic is led by Shelley Lutz who is assisted by other female riders.

Dates/Day: 4/30 – 5/28 on Thursdays

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $13 resident and $24 non-resident

YOUTH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB

Our youth mountain bike club is open to youth in grades 6-12 with younger riders welcome who have good biking skills. Participants must have their own mountain bike with gears, helmet and closed toe shoes. This is a great way for youth to enjoy riding together with the support of adult volunteers. We are always looking for more adult volunteers to allow us to split the youth into smaller groups. Email Jay Thomas at jayt@rutlandrec.com if interested.

Dates/Day: 6/8 – 7/30 on Mondays and Fridays

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Fee: $23 resident and $34 non-resident

 

SLACK LINE WORKSHOP

Join Keith and I for a fun evening of playing on slack lines. We will set up about five slack lines and go over the basics. If you know someone who can do nifty tricks on them please bring them along! Bring your friends and a picnic dinner and try something new. All ages welcome. Look for us on the right when you enter the park.

Date: Friday May 8, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Have a great time playing in the park!

 

Event Calendar

@ Giorgetti/Pine Hill Park unless noted

 

April 25, Work Day 9:00 a.m.

April 25, Night Owl Prowl 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

April 30, Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic – First class, 6:00 p.m.

May 8, Slackline Workshop 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

May 9, Bird Walk 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

May 9, Work Day 9:00 a.m.

May 17, Bike Rodeo 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

May 26, Walk,Wag & Run 6:30 p.m. @ CSJ

May 28, Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic – Last class 6:00 p.m

June 6, Senior Games Mountain Bike Race 10:00 a.m.

June 8, Youth Mountain Bike Club – First Day 6:00 p.m.

June 9, Summer Sunset Series 1K & 5K 6:30 p.m.

June 15, Droopy Pedal Mountain Bike Race 6:30 p.m.

June 30, Walk, Wag & Run @ CSJ, 6:30 p.m.

July 11, Nature Hike 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

July 14, Summer Sunset Series 1K & 5K 6:30 p.m.

July 20, Droopy Pedal Mountain Bike Race 6:30 p.m.

July 25, Nature Crafts 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

July 28, Walk, Wag & Run @ CSJ 6:30 p.m.

July 31, Youth Mountain Bike Club – last day 6:00 p.m.

August 11, Summer Sunset Series 1K & 5K 6:30 p.m.

August 17, Droopy Pedal Mountain Bike Race 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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