New and Exciting Opportunities for Singletrack In Our Area
Status of Harriet Hollister Spencer Park
Highlights of Recent Meeting of Advisory Team/User Group, 3/28/13
- GROC was invited to this meeting by the new park manager, Arthur Briley. Attending were folks from various groups who use the park, including XC skiers, snowmobilers, mountain bikers, hikers, dog walkers, hang gliders (who jump off at the lookout), dogsledders and snowshoers.
- Mr. Briley made the point that the trails are all shared use with some reasonable cautions to accommodate snowmobiling and non motorized winter activity trail users, but no real segregation and no bias expressed by him or any of the trail users concerning mountain biking; we are clearly welcome to ride there.
- He is open to mountain bikers and others to do maintenance on existing trails. He is open to folks building new trails, with the only requirement being that they must first get his approval.
- He wants to create accurate maps of existing trails with GIS technology
- There is a new property that they have acquired south of the existing park, apparently just as large, but the two parcels are separated by about 1/4 mile of private property, open for winter use on a connecting trail by snowmobilers. It isn't clear if permission from the land owner could be obtained to allow use of that trail the rest of the year by other trail users. A separate access and possible parking development was discussed to allow folks to use "HHSP-South" as it was referred to.
- Dogs must be on lead in the park; this will be enforced.
What does this mean to GROC and to mountain bikers in general?
- Up to now, the major mountain biking presence at HHSP has been the Park Ave Bike team, which maintains a 7-mile loop used in their annual race. There apparently is a Livingston Bike Club, represented at the meeting, but it is unknown if they have done anything significant there.
- Known to anyone who has ridden there, HHSP has tremendous untapped potential as a riding venue year round , if one considers fat tire bikes in the winter, too. There are no active opposition groups and manager, Arthur Briley seems to be welcoming our activity with open arms.
The biggest limitations on development of more trails there are:
- The distance from a large pool of riders and therefore, of potential trail building and maintenance mountain bikers.
- The strain that GROC is currently under to properly develop and maintain as stewards of our existing venues.
- The expressed desire of many of our members for more riding closer to home in Monroe County.
- If this park were to be developed to its maximum potential, it would take one or more dedicated persons to lead the effort. Someone willing to work closely with the land manager to develop a plan, recruit volunteers and stay dedicated for the long term. The role of GROC in this is uncertain and highly dependent on our available resources (volunteers-YOU). GROC leaders could certainly make ourselves available to guide based on our collective knowledge and experience in building sustainable trails and creating signage and mapping, if this person or persons desired. If the interested parties are going to be part of GROC, they also could use our Trail Crew Meetup page to post work parties, too.
- No matter whether more comes of this opportunity, it certainly is refreshing to see that there are places where mountain biking is treated as a legitimate trail activity from the get go, with no opposing groups trying to obstruct the process with lies, fear-mongering and loathing.
Mark Rosenzweig, Advocacy Chairperson
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4th Annual Pick Up The Parks - Saturday, April 13, 2013
We have had some great work done by volunteers over the last month. The 4th Annual Pick Up The Parks saw over 600 volunteers in our parks, collecting over 16,000 pounds of junk and trash that was hauled out ofseveral Monroe County parks. GROC was the site host for Tryon Park and although Tryon is kept very clean, we had 33 volunteers join in to pick up garbage. We had a group working along the highway which always has a lot of trash, another group went down to remove a make shift camp along Irondequoit Creek whose visitors were a nuisance to kayakers and paddlers in the creek. I guess these guys were swimming in the creek and being rather unsavory. Another group did some much needed graffiti removal in Tryon parking lot. Dave really liked his name because he had spray painted it all over everything. Special thanks to Mark Dunn for trying to sand and then decision to paint the wooden guard rails. Tryon is looking good and the effort of the community has all our parks looking good.
On a side note : Ellison Park was under water at the time of the event for Pick up the Parks. Full Moon Vista took it upon themselves to go out with there workers and friends and pick up in Ellison after the water subsided. They gathered 240 lbs of trash. An interesting tidbit- from their collection over by the dog park, they picked up 60 empty fifth bottles of "Canadian Leaf" whisky.
West Bay, Tryon, and Dryer Road Park have all had Trail Crew work parties over the last month as well. Some great projects were tackled, like repairing the bridge in West Bay located on the Green trail, the Epping Forrest reroute at Dryer Road and dealing with some big tree issues in Tryon Park. Their will be many more opportunities for those who want to hep out on the trails. Just join onto the GROC Trail Crew meetup group (it's free) and you can keep up to date on the work being done at Dryer Road, Tryon, West Bay, and in Ontario County Park.
Thanks again to all the volunteers!!!
Dryer Gets GROC Grooming
As the winter approaches and the trail riding season for most of us nears its end, it seems fitting to summarize the GROC Trail Crew work done this past year at Dryer Road Park. So much has been accomplished.
It started actually last fall and winter by us walking all the trails and taking an inventory to be able to plan some key reroutes, signage and other improvements. Some flagging was needed even months before the spring would arrive. Then, when the weather broke this spring we held nearly weekly work parties, each to focus on one or two projects that could be completed in two to four hours.
Total Number of Volunteer Hours (so far) = 550.5
- Reroute of Kasha
- Two reroutes of Epping Forest
- Total reroute of pathway from parking lot through the field up to the beginning of the trails; repair of erosion of previous entrance
- Reroute of Den trail and reconstructed first drop
- Reroute of South by Southwest trail
- New loop on Helix
- Reroute of Bones
- Repair of Owl’s Maze and short alternate route
- Skills area—repair of wooden structures, filled in sunken ground around tire features, major “grooming” of weeds on banks and around riding areas
- Reroute of Jake’s
- Many new signs with improved visibility and sign posts
- Repair of Elevator
- Reroute of Ziggy
- Repair Ladder
- Prune In June of all trails
- Leaf removal on all trails
It has been a great pleasure to see what was accomplished by our many dedicated volunteers to whom we all should be grateful. As extensive as is the above list of completed projects, there is much more that can be done to improve and enhance the riding experience at this wonderful venue. We look forward to next year to continue to make improvements. Also, there will always be the need to perform maintenance of existing trails. We hope that in addition to the current folks who have given of themselves unselfishly, that many new people will become volunteers to work on the trails with us.
We also thank Brian Emelson, Victor Parks and Recreation Department Director for his vision of having mountain biking at this park and his unwavering support of our efforts.
Mary Lee and Mark Rosenzweig, Project Managers
Fat Tire Mountain Bike Festival goes the distance
By Melody Burri, staff writer
Posted Jul 27, 2012 @ 05:59 AM
Victor, N.Y. —
One hundred-seventy diehard off-road cyclists can’t be wrong: Victor’s 7th annual Fat Tire Mountain Bike Festival was the place to be last Saturday, July 21. Children, youth and adults competed at Dryer Road Park in five categories. The youngest, Colin Norton, was just 5 years old. At the other end of the spectrum, and with no less enthusiasm, was 68-year-old Tom Spence.
Why is the yearly festival so popular?
“(It’s) the diversity of the trail network at Dryer Road Park,” said Brian Emelson, Victor Parks and Recreation director, “and the first class manner in the way they are treated by our event committee.”
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