march 2019 newsletter

A colder than average March is predicted. As such, our winter trail activities are still up and running. Photo by David Jenne.

You are invited to our annual potluck dinner which will be on March 25th, 6:00-8:00PM at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St, Rutland, VT 05701. We’ll have several new items to discuss as well as updates from a few other local trail advocacy groups in the region. We’ll be raffling off some swag, so bring some cash or a check to buy some tickets.

Would you like to become a board member or maybe a more active/volunteer member? Please contact us before the annual dinner and meeting to learn how.

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What is the value of our trails? Visitors and users of Pine Hill Park contribute over $1 million to the local economy during the summer season. This figure is derived from trail counts, user spending survey data, and figures derived from other similar trail networks. We will continue our work this summer toward obtaining a more accurate estimate. Graphic by David Jenne.

Our first fat bike event as part of Rutland’s Winter Fest was a success.

2019 Winterfest Fat Bike Event. Photo by Lauren White.

Snow and weather conditions were perfect for a bluebird day of fat biking on our groomed trails. Many attendees came from out of state for the event. If you missed out, then no worries. We’ll have another group ride at next year’s Winterfest. Until then, please consider donating a few bucks to our winter grooming fund. Thanks to Lauren White for the photo!

Gritty Girls and Youth Mountain Bike Club registrations are now open through the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department. Please stay tuned for the Rec’s Women’s Mountain Bike Clinics, Droopy Mountain Bike Races, and the Summer Sunset foot races. Please be aware that there may be some delays in the availability of electronic registration.

Other News:

Spring community work day will be on Saturday, April 27th, 9AM to Noon. We will be cleaning the front entrance and making repairs to Exit Strategy.

Interested in how some of the big boulders like Elephant Rock came to be in Pine Hill Park? Have a read about these seemingly random and erratic rocks. Some of these wandering boulders can be quite large like this Green Mountain Giant in southernmost Vermont.

Pine Hill Park sure does make me happy. It makes me even more happy that it is among the finest of all urban parks in the world. And you dear reader can share in this happiness if you simply go and stand in Pine Hill Park for just 20 minutes per day.

Somebody from Cape Cod believes it is worth the 4.5 hour drive just to find happiness Pine Hill Park.

How about a trail that takes you from downtown Rutland City all the way north to Stowe? Or maybe you’d fancy getting on your bike and riding to Poultney and further south? Such a trail is being built between Killington and Stowe. The Pine Hill Partnership is in the planning stages with The Vermont Mountain Bike Association to bring the trail through Rutland and toward Poultney.

Want a job advocating for and managing trail facilities? Check out the fantastic new career opportunity with our dear friends at Slate Valley Trails in Poultney.