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ERTA Receives 2010 Kansas City WildLands Award

On October 28th, ERTA was named the 2010 Kansas City WildLands Organization Award Recipient. Kansas City WildLands selected ERTA based on our work at Swope Park, the Blue-Swope-Connection and Blue River Park. This award centred around our ongoing partnership with Kansas City Wildlands to provide access to urban Greenspace and It's efforts to eradicate Shrub Honeysuckle. The awards cites "outstanding efforts to conserve, protect and restore the incredible remnant natural communities throughout the Kansas City region. Recipients have passionately displayed environmental stewardship that benefits not only the wild places of Kansas City, but its citizens, now and for future generations."  More details on the award can be found here.

Congratulations to all of the ERTA volunteers who have put in the hard work and effort that has led to this recognition. A special thank you to Phil Scherer, Craig Stoeltzing, Scott Capstack and Rob Stitt for their ongoing leadership along the Blue-Swope corridor.  

Learn more about Bridging the Gap and Kansas City Wildlands.

2010-2011 ERTA Workday Schedule

LOSPrago_bigBelow is the tentative workdays for the 2010-2011 ERTA city-wide workdays. As the dates approach, we would recommend checking on the Earth Riders forums for updates. Also, each trail system will likely be having workdays throughout the "season". Check with the Trail Managers for each system to get the 411 on localized workdays.

October 30, 2010: Shawnee Mission Park (XC) discussion

November 6, 2010: Swope Park

November 20. 2010: Blue River Park

December 4, 2010: Landahl Park

March 5, 2011: Shawnee Mission Park (freeride)

Are you new to trailwork? Have you found yourself wondering what to expect on a workday? Hopefully this article will give you a little better idea of what to expect and help you know what you can bring along to make your first time out an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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SpiderFest Thank You!

We would like to thank all of you for supporting ERTA in such a generous way. We had over 130 people in attendance this year! The event turned out to be a huge success despite receiving some stormy weather a few days before, which did prevent us from riding/running the single track. Luckily the event location has 40 miles of running and biking asphalt trails as well, so we still had the opportunity to get out and about, just not on the single track. 

SpiderFest is quickly becoming one of our largest sources of revenue for ERTA and will be very helpful for continuing our mission to bring more quality singletrack to the Kansas City region. With that in mind, we would like to acknowledge all of our sponsors and offer a huge THANKS to each and everyone of the companies and business whose goods and services allowed us to net over $4000 from the raffle! All proceeds go directly back into the local single track trail systems in the Kansas City metro area.

We are currently working on Spiderfest 2011 (4th Annual) and hope that you will plan to attend!

 

ERTA Frontpage News in KC Star

On Saturday, June 19th, the Kansas City Star featured the Swope Park trails and ERTA on the frontpage! The article by Star reporter EDWARD M. EVELD and photographer GARVEY SCOTT was entitled Volunteers Create Miles of Surprises. Below is the intro and links to the entire article.

kcstar-swopeKansas City always seems to be searching for an identity. How about this one: urban mountain biking capital?

What if KC were home to the country's longest middle-of-the-city trail system for mountain biking and hiking, a spectacular series of paths that squeeze through limestone outcroppings, skirt native glades and follow a twisting river route?

Working on it. Volunteer trail builders — with no fanfare and lots of sweat equity — just completed a phase of the planned trail inside Swope Park.

The total project is an urban mountain biking and hiking trail system more than 50 miles long. With perhaps no peer in the United States, it would surpass urban trails in cities considered far more outdoorsy than Kansas City.

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