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Trailbuilding at Swope....National Trails Day, June 5th

Earthriders Trails Association in association with American Hiking Society will host a trailbuilding day this Saturday, June 5th. With a good turnout we should be VERY CLOSE to opening phase 3. Also, we have some big news to announce!

For more information about National Trails Day go to:
http://www.americanhiking.org/NTD.aspx

DETAILS:
When: Saturday, June 5th...8am-12pm. Come and go as your schedule allows. If you arrive late we'll be just across and up the hill on Oakwood Drive from the main trailhead, so we should be easy to find.

8am-12pm: Trailbuilding
12pm-1pm: Lunch and Drinks provided by Earthriders Trails Association and Heartland Sports Promotions
1p-?: Ride/Hike

If you are planning to eat lunch with us, please email us at swopetrails@gmail.com

Meeting Place: We will be meeting at the Lakewood Shelter House at Camp Lake of the Woods which is just up the hill on Oakwood Drive from the main Swope trailhead, drive up Oakwood Drive, take a left at the "Y" and continue on about 50 yards.  See the map on the right hand side of this page for a map to Swope.

Tools: Rakes, Shovels, McLeods, Pulaskis, Rogue Hoes, Sledge Hammers, Rock Hammers, Weedeaters, Blowers, Handsaws, Chainsaws, etc. If you don't have tools, come anyway...we should have plenty.

Recommended Clothing:
Long pants
Boots/Shoes with protection
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
Bug Spray

For questions email: swopetrails@gmail.com

KC Trail Conditions Are Just A Tweet Away

tweetySo, you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, hoping to get out on your favorite trails before dark, and you’re wondering what the trail conditions are like?

Well, wonder no more – Earth Riders MTB Club has hooked up a Twitter feed to the trail conditions information they provide on their forums (http://forums.earthriders.com) for all the metro area trails.

Now, when the trail status is updated on the forums, KcTrailsStatus will tweet the conditions, for example:

#SMP CLOSED: Not Rideable (ptooi)

To get connected, go to http://twitter.com and follow KcTrailsStatus – its direct URL is http://twitter.com/KcTrailsStatus. As with any Twitter account, you can subscribe to an RSS feed, elect to receive SMS messages, etc.

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IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit A Success

Thursday Assessment at Swope ParkDespite the spring snowfall, the IMBA Trail Care Crew visit was a successful venture for all who attended. Thursday the Crew and ERTA leadership met at Swope Park for an assessment (in the warmth and sunshine).

Friday, the Trail Care Crew (Morgan and Steve Lommele) held a class for 29 Land Managers and Parks employees. Jackson County Parks & Recreation (Missouri), Johnson County Parks & Recreation (Kansas), the City of Kansas City Missouri Parks, the City of Liberty (Missouri), the City of Lenexa (Kansas) and Platte County Parks (Missouri) were represented in this session.

Saturday's session for volunteer trail builders was represented by mountain bicyclists, trail runners, hikers and equestrians totally 43 participates.

A big thanks to IMBA, the Trail Care Crew (Morgan and Steve Lommele), the City of Kansas City for the use of the awesome facilities at Swope Park, all the ERTA volunteers that helped pull this event together and to  Earth Riders Mountain Bike Club for providing lunch from Chipotle on Saturday!

Thursday Assessment at Swope ParkThis images summarizes our 2009-2010 trailbuilding season (all dressed up and nowhere to go).Saturday's Volunteer Classroom SessionSaturday's Graduates

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MPRA Award

erta_mpraOn Wednesday March 3rd, ERTA President Matt Woody traveled to Lake Ozark, Missouri to receive a Citation Award presented by the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association. ERTA was nominated for this award by the Parks Department from the city of Liberty for ERTA's work at Stocksdale Park. A big thanks to Liberty for recognizing ERTA's efforts! Congratulations to all the ERTA volunteers that have helped with the success at Stocksdale/Walnut Woods.

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