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Blue River Parkway

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Trail Location: The trails are located in south Kansas City, along both sides...
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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.


ERTA's Sean Cairns Recognized by KPRA

IMG_5565_s_jpgOn January 28, 2010 Sean Cairns and ERTA were recognized by the Kansas Recreation & Parks Association with the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award during the KRPA annual conference and trade show.

awardERTA, under Sean's leadership and direction for its Johnson County projects, has contributed over 5000 hours of volunteer labor to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, as well as the citizens of Johnson County, over the past 9 years.

Congratulations Sean!


Winter Riding Tips!

muddytrailsATTENTION TRAIL USERS: Please Read!

Please be aware of ever constantly changing conditions of the trails during the winter months. Often times the trail surface will be frozen and solid in the morning but thawed and wet during the afternoon. Please note that if you are leaving tracks on the trails while hiking or riding or there is mud on your shoes or bike, then you are doing damage to the trail.

Sometimes it's best to just turn around and call it a day. Damage to the trail is very difficult to repair and can be considered vandalism/destruction of park property. All trails are maintained by volunteers not the Land Manager.

Thank you for your help!!!


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