We need YOUR help on Wednesday, August 17th at 6pm. Bring a weed whacker, we will have a few to loan out if you do not have one. Bring safety glasses, ear plugs. We will transport weed whackers and volunteers to Rocky Pond then hike in from the pond.
Broken Handlebar now has an uphill option as well as a downhill only option. We are calling it Broken Handlebar South and North. Broken Handlebar South is the techy XC two way section and Broken Handlebar North is ONE WAY downhill. Both start at intersection 30A and come out at intersection 42. Thank you very much to this year YES plan groups who have made this possible.
Pine Hill Partnership held a community work day in Pine Hill Park, Saturday, May 14th.
Thank you National Guard for Army Reserves and Fair Haven Girls on the Run along with all the other volunteers who helped move 18 yards of bark mulch and finished the repair work on Exit Strategy that is now open.
Here are a few photos of some incredible volunteers at work.
Again, thank you !
April 18th update: Trails are open to bikes. Voldemort, Carriage Trails and lower loop on the Redfield trails are still closed. PLEASE RESPECT TRAIL CLOSURES. The rut in this pic was from the past weekend. We just repaired all those drainage’s last week and someone just had to ride through them.
April 14th update: Trails are open to all bikes. Trails that are closed-Underdog, Voldemort, Carriage Trail and Redfield trails. Please respect those trail closures. Thank you for your patience.
April 7th update: Trails are closed to all bikes. We are monitoring the trails daily and they are soft from 3″ of snow last Monday and an 1″ of rain today. Please be patient.
We are closing the trails for a few days with the cold night temps moving in the frost has come in with those temps. Hopefully by the end of the week we will be able to open the trails to mountain bikes.
April 2nd update: Most trails are open today and tomorrow April 2nd and 3rd. Trails will close Sunday at 5pm due to cold weather moving back in. The freeze thaw cycles raise havoc with the trail tread with frost issues. Underdog, part of Droopy, Lichen Rock, Exit Strategy, Voldemort are closed in Pine Hill Park. The Carriage Trail and Redfield trails are closed and will remain closed until we get some significant drying weather.
April 1st update: We are going to open the trails for Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd. They will close Sunday late afternoon. The weather is going to get really cold with some snow and we’re trying to protect the trails the best we can. Underdog will be closed to bikes this weekend. Please set Pine Hill Park as a favorite on TrailHUB for up to date information on the trails.
March 31st update: The freeze/thaw cycles are wreaking havoc on the trails. Please DO NOT ride any type of bike in the park.
Our weather gods do not appear to be cooperating next week to be able to open trails up either.
Here is a very good explanation on why not to ride during freeze/thaw cycles.
First community work day is Saturday, April 30th at 9AM.
Saturday, March 25th at 10AM there will be a volunteer work day to clean drainage’s and repair ruts left from the bikes last weekend. Meet at front entrance.
Unfortunately we have had to close our trails due to the freeze/thaw cycles we are experiencing. Please be patient while trails dry out and firm back up. No bikes-this includes fat bikes.
We opened most of the trail system Thursday, March 17th. Redfield, Carriage Trail and Voldemort are closed to all users(pedestrian, bikes, fat bikes, etc) due to very soft conditions. We would greatly appreciate all your cooperation on staying off these trails.
We have had some vandalism in the park. Pulling ‘you are here’ signs down, cutting small sapling trees along the edge of the trails, plus pulling down trail blazes. If you see vandalism occurring please report the activity to the Rutland Police Dept at 802 773 1820. If the destruction has already occurred please report it to Rutland Recreation at 773-1822. If you see someone trying to start a fire please call 911 and report it to the police and fire dept. Spring is a nasty time for wildfires. Pine Hill Park is a Rutland City Park, means no fires, no smoking, no camping and pets on a leash.
We had great Annual meeting on Monday, March 28th. A group of 30+ members heard first hand about some of our plans for 2016, but more importantly a discussion session led to lots of great ideas. Hopefully we can move forward with some of the great suggestions and enthusiasm that was present in the room!
This year, the board tried a different approach with the meeting. Keith Wight gave a quick presentation of last year’s accomplishments:
Volunteer Days and Hours:
2015 Volunteer Days 57 days
2015 Volunteer Hours 2390 hours
Groups providing volunteer hours: Community Work Days, Fair Haven Girls on the Run, Youth Mountain Bike Group; RHS Cross Country Team; RHS YES Plan-6 Days; Youth Works-13 days; PHP individuals
The meeting then moved on to an open discussion of 2016 plans.
Upcoming programs in 2016:
- Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic
- Youth Mountain Bike Group
- Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Clinic(new this year)
- Summer Sunset 5K Race
- Droopy Pedal Mountain Bike Race
- Senior Olympics Mountain Bike Race
- 10K Leaf Chase
- Nature Hikes with Tom Estill
- Full Moon 5K race
- Expand Redfield Trails
- Broken Handlebar Extension
- New Pine Hill Park map
- Potential RRMC trail project
- Maintain and expand membership
- Sponsorship Ideas
- Tyvek maps
- Coasters with logos
The current PHP board has been working on redefining the goals for the organization and President Andy Shinn shared some of their thoughts. The board reached out to those present and to the overall membership for help in steering the group forward. In addition to the usual annual tasks like trail maintenance, the board is hoping to recruit folks to help with some new projects.
The partnership has developed a new logo and designs for coasters, t-shirts and plans to produce tyvek maps for next year. Much of the discussion centered around how we could increase awareness and enthusiasm for the work we do, and how we could translate that enthusiasm into more paid memberships and volunteers to help the board accomplish our goals.
Discussion Topics and Ideas:
- Ask if member? Do you want to be a member? At activities have a table or something to sign people up.
- Set up a membership table at the trail head on busy weekends
- Maps – good idea to make some money – Thanks to private landowners with permission
- Get coasters to local pubs and restaurants
- 59 paid members this year; where do we want to be next year? Membership drive?
- Get list from Cindi of 600+ emails to get them to sign up for Pine Hill Partnership.
- Think about Lower membership cost to increase numbers
- “Trails brought to you by Pine Hill Partnership” signs in park
- Does everyone know that Pine Hill Partnership exists? Most people think it is the City, but do not realize that Pine Hill Partnership actually maintains the park, Carriage and Redfield Trails
- Start promoting activities on Front porch forum – City, Rutland Town…
- Business card or similar item to hand out to visitors with Pine Hill Partnership info (hand out coasters?)
- Web site eventually will become pinehillpartnership.org – phasing out pinehillpark.org
- We need more social media presence – Instagram, Facebook, Front Porch Forum
- Partner with a store similar to EMS to bind together to provide discount to someone who pays a membership; example, Alpine Bike Shop
- Might need membership card ?
- List of local discounts available to members with a card (similar to Perk card)
- Trails are all the same and some users want a variation on trails – more difficult terrain. Make Broken Handlebar Extension be something more than just a roller. Optional routes giving the chance to take a more technical or rocky trail. Something different. Broaden the trail system.
- Raise ridership through the broadening of the trail system
- Mailing list on maintenance? People find out a week after the items happen.
- Post a list of tasks that need to be done; bring you own tools; Pick up and sign out tools somewhere
- Expectations for volunteer efforts, duties, time span – clear expectations will make people more likely to step up
- How things are presented is important – make it fun or at least sound fun; add something like a barbecue or ride or similar. Need someone to organize B-B-Que for a work day.
- Evening work times? Get more people for a shorter time. Need someone to step up and lead these groups.
- Put it out that we need X many people, leader, etc.
- Trail building 101? Teach some leaders how to do trail maintenance and lead a group.
- Short videos of how to clean a drainage ditch (or similar)
- Make the park more inviting – more important things that reporting dogs in park; make it fun and exciting
- Need help for what? Need more members, more people involved, not just trail work, but membership drive, marketing, social director
- Why are the trails closed? Educate as to why the trails are closed because people may not understand this especially given the mild winter.
After the discussion the final piece of business was to elect next year’s board of directors. Our board of directors for 2016 are: Joel Blumenthal, Andy Shinn, Keith Wight, Shelley Lutz, Claus Bartenstein, and Dave Jenne.
If you would like to help the board with any of our upcoming projects, or have some new ideas of your own, let us know about them! Email us at email@example.com
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Big thanks for your support this year in our continued efforts to make these area trails so special.
Keith Wight, Andrew Shinn, Joel Blumenthal, Dave Jenne, Claus Bartenstein, and Shelley Lutz
Board of Directors
We have RHS XC team coming in Saturday, Sept 13th at 9AM-12 to do trail work on Escalator. Come join the fun.
Monday, June 29th at 6pm. We will be doing repair work on Escalator. Please come join us, bring water and bug spray we’ll provide the tools.
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 always welcome other volunteers to join us.
These volunteer days start at 9AM in the front entrance of Pine Hill Park. Drop by and lend a hand!