Friday, May 13, 2011

Hillside Singletrack Earns National Award

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, is pleased to announce that the Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trails project has won one of the national 2011 Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program.

The achievement award is for the category of "Youth Conservation/Service Corps", for making effective use of the services and skills of qualified youth conservation or service corps to construct and /or maintain trails. The Coalition for Recreational Trails awards will be presented on June 15 in Washington, D.C., during Great Outdoor Week 2011 as part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of this highly successful program, which greatly enhances the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public.

The award recognizes Singletrack Advocates and Alaska Trails for their work in coordinating youth trail crews from the Municipality of Anchorage's Youth Employment in Parks program and the Student Conservation Association. The youth crews successfully completed 7.5 miles of hand-tool finish work, to complete the first sustainably built singletrack trails in Anchorage.

Other partners providing significant contributions on this great project include the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, the Municipality of Anchorage's Parks and Recreation Department, Alaska State Parks, Happy Trails, Alpine Trails, and community trail volunteers.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Activities Update

Here is a brief update on our current activities.

Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project

Jon Underwood and Lee Bolling were laying out trail in Kincaid Park last week, and it's looking awesome! We will break ground on July 15. There will be opportunities for volunteers to help out, so announcements will be made for upcoming work parties.

Fundraising continues to complete the project this summer. To date we are $43,000 shy of reaching our goal. If you haven’t already donated, please give and give generously. Area bike shops are participating in our Round Up for Trails program: chip in a few dollars more at the register when you make your purchases. You will not be disappointed. If you have any individual or business contacts that might be generous with resources, please let us know about them—we will be happy to make presentations.

STA Off Muddy Trails … please!

It was very discouraging last week to see some two dozen sets of tire tracks rutting up the STA Trails. Please encourage folks to refrain from riding them until the ground is good and hard. Most of these people are unaware of the damage they are causing by riding the trails prematurely. Which brings us to …

National Trails Day!

We will have trail work parties on Saturday, June 4 on the STA Trails. There are some blown-out turns and rutted areas that need fixing. We’ll also be installing our new trailhead kiosk map!

Thanks for your support!