If you like and use the trail, we need your help!
Please come help repair the damage from last Monday’s storm. If you have a shovel or iron rake, please bring it along. Meet at the Fox Farm Rd Trail Access and stay as long as you like. Hope to see you there!
Heavy rains last Monday exposed a culvert, and caused other damage to the lower section of the West River Trail. Please come to our trail work day this Sunday, June 25, from 1-5 PM to help maintain our community trail. Meet up at the Fox Farm Rd trail access. Wear your boots and work gloves, bring bug spray and water. We’ll have tools! The trail really needs your help! Thank you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info or questions.
New Picnic Table on the Riverstone Preserve
Thanks to Jim Webster’s carpentry talents, there is now a picnic table on the Riverstone Preserve for all to use. It’s made of white oak and very pretty! Thank you Jim!
When heading north on the WRT, once you are on the preserve take the 1st trail. It leads to the water’s edge. As you get close to the shore, you will find the picnic table on a little rise to the right of the trail. Bring a picnic or just sit a spell. Let us know if you used it and how you like it!
Drainage Work Accomplished
Eight enthusiastic souls showed up for trail work at the Fox Farm Road Trail Access at 9 am Saturday July 23. John, a new volunteer who lives right in the neighborhood showed up with his Kubuto excavator, which was invaluable. Jenny, a hard worker from West Brattleboro, was also a new volunteer. Thanks to both of them! Paul, Lester, Jeff, Kathleen and Jim, veteran volunteers, also showed up, led by our intrepid trail work leader, Jason. The excavator helped us dig better drainage ditches in several areas that tend to overflow. A new 6″ plastic culvert was placed where an old rusty one was removed, and one culvert was extended with new pipe. We trust that when we finally get rain, trail users will see these sections of the trail stay dry or drier. Unfortunately, none of us remembered to take photos of the excavator and it’s driver, or the rest of the work crew and the work that was done. Sorry about that!!!
Thank you to everyone who worked that day to improve the trail for all users!
Posted on behalf of Jason Cooper, Workday Coordinator.
A big thanks to workday volunteers Elijah Cooper, Jennifer and Jahvon Parker, Dave Cohen and Rachel Zamore and their son, Eli and a friend. We got lots done! Volunteers moved rocks, cleared drainage, cut trees and branches, removed trash and pulled knotweed from a several-hundred square-foot patch of knotweed along the river bank, that had re-sprouted from where the VYCC had cleared last fall. Thanks to all for a very productive day!
Hope you’ll join us next time…stay tuned for info about the next workday.
Photos by Rachel Zamore and Jason Cooper
A note from Jason Cooper on the West River Trail workday:
“It was a beautiful fall day. Cool with just a hint of rain at one point. We repaired some erosion on the hills of the I-91 bridge construction bypass trail. Beyond that we cleared drainage culverts and ditches, drying out some wet spots and cleared several branches that had come down along the trail. We even had one volunteer who replaced the gate post that someone had pulled out of the ground at the Rice Farm trailhead.
We got a lot done! As we were wrapping up for the day people began pulling out cheese, chocolate, hot cider and goodies to share, tasty rewards for a job well done, a few hours well spent, in the good company of others. Many thanks to Michael Esposito, Lester Humphreys, Malcolm Moore, Scott Hurley, Kathleen White, Jim Webster, Hank Lange and Marcia Steckler for coming out to help improve the trail. And to Elin Waagen for taking photos.
The trail is now clear and in good shape for the winter. As I rode the trail this past Sunday I was pleased to see how many people of all ages were out enjoying it”.