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Trail Location: The Blue River Parkway (BRP) Trails straddle Blue River Rd which...
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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 ( 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 and follow KcTrailsStatus – its direct URL is As with any Twitter account, you can subscribe to an RSS feed, elect to receive SMS messages, etc.


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!


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