Are you any good at having fun? Then please volunteer to help out with our festy!
The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival is just around the corner (Saturday April 13 – Sunday April 14) and we sure could use more volunteers! Volunteer perks include lunch and a festival t-shirt, PLUS you will be entered into our generous volunteer raffle!*
It’s amazing that it has just been over one year since the Santa Cruz City Council approved the Emma McCrary Trail (then the East Multi-Use Trail). I am just blown away by the community support for this project and all the love and care and sweat that have gone into making this beautiful, fun, and sustainable trail. We have had over 3,000 volunteer hours and $30,000 donated towards this project and are getting close to completion.
We had a great workday on Saturday with 27 volunteers. We poured the abutment for the Redwood Creek Bridge and built a smaller bridge over a small ditch on the approach. Our next workday (March 16th) we will be building two more small bridges and a working on a few other tasks to get the trail ready to open. The South Bay Mountain Biking Meetup Group will be sponsoring lunch on the 16th. Please sign up at www.trailworkers.com.
We will be meeting at the Pogonip Ranger Station at 9am and working until 1pm. The ranger station is a few hundred feet past the old clubhouse and it takes about 10 minutes to walk to from the gate at the end of Golf Club Drive. Parking has been real tight on workdays at Golf Club Drive and there have been some complaints from neighbors. It would be great if people could park at the City corporation yard lot or along Golf Club Drive before the train trestle. We will have Rebecca’s Mighty Muffins donated by Rebecca’s at the Tannery. Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and water. Tools and instruction will be provided. Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Doris Chin for winning the Fox Fork! Her new membership qualified her for the drawing and helped boost our efforts to raise funds for trailbuilding efforts. Thanks to all our new and returning members and to those who purchased additional tickets in the last few months, you are directly responsible for building the mountain biking community of all our dreams!
Lots of good news here. Thanks to all of our great volunteers we have been making lots of progress on the Emma McCrary Trail and I hope that we will be opening before the end of March, weather permitting.
Building rock wall near north end of trail
Our last workday began with tasty coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters and Rebecca’s Mighty Muffins from Rebecca’s at the Tannery (they have beer too for post ride recovery). The 25 volunteers split up into two teams and hand built the several hundred feet across the meadows that connect Golf Club Drive to the portion of the trail we built earlier in the year. After a hard day’s work we enjoyed pizza and beverages courtesy of Eric Decker. Special thanks to Pierre Tardiff who climbed two large beautiful oaks near the southern bridge site and removed a huge amount of ivy from the trees. They look great now!