National Trails Day at Hunters Creek, Saturday, June 4

hunterscreek2National Trails Day is next weekend!  

National Trails Day is WNYMBA's traditional "End of the Spring Trail Work Season". We take the summer off to ride (since that's what is is all about!) but end the spring trail work season with a bang. This year for the first time, we are holding NTD at Hunters Creek. It's about time we showed Hunters some NTD love in addition to our regular work days.

The project: We have a great project lined up. As you know, Hunters Creek is pretty much filled up with trails. Usually our HC work days are maintenance of existing trails. This year, we have permission to do a trail modification that will some additional mileage. It is one of the few places left in the park where a new section can be built sustainably, and will add a more logcial crossing of a tributary.

The celebration: We haven't had NTD at Hunters because there were no facilities for the post work feast we usually provide (unlike the Sprague Casino building or HV in E-ville). But this year, we are partnering with 42 North Brewery in East Aurora. Since we all want to get a bit of riding in after working, we will provide some at-the-trailhead refreshments immediately after working. After a ride, we will all regroup at 42 North for some free beer and food to cap off the day. 42 North has just released their "Creekside Session IPA" which is named after Hunters Creek.

If you've signed at Meetup, go ahead  and RSVP over there.  But even if you don't do Meetup, come on by anyway!  See you at the Centerline Parking lot @ 10 AM Saturday!

Hunters Creek Trail Work Project Update

The Hunters Creek Puncheon project on the Conservation Trail was amazing.  The Foothills trail club raised $5,500 dollars for the project (including a donation from WNYMBA) and constructed 570 feet of Puncheons.  This was a massive project which is a major improvement to to this trail system.

The puncheons are made from 1 inch thick treated lumber and were constructed off site and carried into the park.  The pre-assembled  puncheons were heavy and required 4 - 8 people to carry them in.  Short ropes with loops on the ends were used to carry the puncheons to the trail side, a person on each side of the rope.

Intersection Signs

Hunters Creek now has intersection signs!  For years, most Hunters Creek park users had one common complaint: "I am always lost there!"  As a project of the Friends of Hunters Creek, Jon Sundquist and Jonathan Moscato put up about 50 intersection markers that are numbered to match positions on the map.

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