Our Club applied for a Trails fund grant from Polaris and were selected as one of very few for consideration, on March 24th we received a check for $9000 from Polaris to improve our park for the use of side by side vehicles. The total grant will be $10k but Polaris wants to see how we used the first part before they send the final check. Proffitt Excavation was called in again to bring out the heavy equipment and start widening trails. We are also making two large courses to accomodate the side by sides and will be fencing them off and putting up directional arrows to mark the course. The grant money will also be used to install another culvert on the main trail. The work was started on April 13th, check out the progress pictures below, this is April 18th Monday after a rainy weekend we started work on the Side by Side track visible from the road (South East end of park). This is a very sandy area where there once was a small track.
Monday April 25th, got started about 9 am this morning, temps are mid 50's and overcast, rain is coming. Got Dave started on the Razor track that is visible from the road. Dave worked on more of the large sand berms and built a section of "rockers" for the side by sides. When you look at this area you must take into consideration that this was a flat area days before. I brought my bike today, determined to get some ride time worked in to all this volunteer work. After lunch I toured the back outdoor style track with Dave on Jay's John Deere Gator, and showed him the new layout that I had made to the existing track with a T300 the club rented for a few weeks ago. I spent the better part of a day roughing in this new section to flow with the pre existing track. So now Dave was widening everything I started on previously. This took him the rest of the day
Wednesday April 27th, another chilly rainy day with wind gusts of 30mph, seems to be the norm this spring. Weather predictions of close to 70 on friday keep my spirits up. We started late, around 1:30 Terry joined me in the directors chair and Jay himself ran the dozer. We started in the far back on the "Outdoor style track" and even though we started late, the things a veteran dozer operator can do amaze me, By 5 pm he had made it 3/4th of the way around the track, pushing over multiple trees at the same time. Some of the trees were upwards of 16" in diameter, but they were in a spot that we felt could be dangerous. He made a section of rockers on a uphill straightaway, built multiple berms, that won't hold water due to the keen eye of Jay, and touched up the tabletops that were there previously there. About 3 pm Justin showed up on his XR 80 to give the track a test run, unfortunately a XR80 is not the best choice for a full grown man on sandy track just carved by a 20,000# machine. At around 4 pm the sun began to peek in and out and warmed us a bit.
Thursday April 28th 9am 34 degrees light drizzle, overcast. This weather is getting old, the worst part, still no morels, I have looked everywhere. I would be out on the tractor or something but it is still too wet everywhere, except in the sand where Jay is working away in the Dozer. He is making easy work out of the last part of the new outdoor track in the back of the park. It is too cold and rainy to walk from the front to the back of the park so I brave it with my beater car, a 2000 ford focus, you would think this thing was a four wheel drive, it ran through everything on the main trail with no problems. Once I got back to the track where Jay was I tried to keep up with taking pictures as he worked around our right hand banked turn into a downhill drop off jump, and caught some pictures of him working in a corner that will drain properly. I was truly a thing of beauty to watch Jay make a perfect corner in one pass. My mouth began to water as I imagined railing the corners wide open. This track will be rideable rain or shine!