DUST2 WC Membership Meeting Minutes – June 2019

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DUST2 Wheel Club Membership Meeting Summary – June 24, 2019

  • 22 people were in attendance!!
  • Annie Sewell provided an update of the town’s trail building project on Reservoir Hill
    • New trails are being added – Target Completion Date: August 20th
    • The possibility of some type of Opening Ceremony / Ribbon Cutting was discussed
  • The following DUST2 Updates & Opportunities were announced
    • Volunteer opportunities:
      • 2-3 folks needed to join the fundraising committee
      • Please contact Annie if you’d be interested in being on this committee
    • Trail building:
      • No dates set yet
      • Treasure Trail connector project with Tyler Albers of the Forest Service
      • August 26-29
      • 10 people needed everyday
    • Back Yard Race Series Races:
      • August 2 @ 6 pm – Bush’s Pump Track Fun Race
      • September 15 @ 2 pm – Sonlight Short Track Fun Race
    • Summer Middle School Cycling Day Camp – July 8-12
      • No volunteers needed
  • The remaining portion of the meeting was a White Board Brainstorming Session where we captured some ideas of what folks wanted to see from a club and what had worked well in clubs that they had previously been involved with
    • Here is the list of ideas & suggestions of what was captured
      • Get connected with Bicycle Colorado
      • Create some Saturday & Sunday rides, both mountain & road.
      • Create a Ride Committee
      • Leo Milner’s previous club had a strong ride committee,
      • Leo, Jim Hayes & David Wheat agreed to form this committee
      • The importance of taking care of beginners was discussed
      • Create a Ride Leader training
      • David Wheat will provide information of how they did this in his club
      • The need for a beginner’s Mountain Biking Clinic was brought up
      • Ride levels need to be established and announced with the rides
      • Look into using Meet Up for calling rides. David Wheat’s club uses this with great success

 

Treasure Mountain Trail Work Days

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DUST2 Wheel Club is excited to be doing our first Forest Service Partnership Project, “Treasure Mountain Trail Work Days”.

You can be a part of the exciting Treasure Mountain Connector trail Forest Service partnership project Monday, August 26 through Thursday, August 29!  This is a tremendous opportunity to work alongside and learn from a seasoned trail crew led by Tyler Albers to construct 0.75 miles of single track trail that will connect FSR 725 to the CDT!  We will be camping at the end of Forest Service Road 725 (Old Wolf Creek Road) with the trail crew, enjoying productive trail work, excellent meals and good company. While it is our goal to have as many folks as possible to camp and work all four days, we realize that this may not be possible and welcome 1, 2 or 3 day-only sign-ups.

THE GOAL IS TO FILL ALL 40 TRAIL WORKER SLOTS before Monday, August 19, 2019.

If you would like to participate but are not able to perform trail work, we would love help in the camp kitchen! Food and/or entertainment donations would also be welcome! 

For more information or to ask questions, call 970-398-1168 or email us at dust2two@gmail.com.

Please click to sign up for trail or other volunteer/donation opportunities for this worthy project!

Urban Single Track Trail Phase 2 is a “GO”!

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In May 2017, DUST 2 hired Amy Sharp of Sparrow Trails to apply for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trail grant. The goal of this grant was to hire Tony Boone to lead construction of Phase II trails, connecting Yamaguchi Park to Reservoir Hill Trail network, with the construction of eight additional trails on Reservoir Hill.  These monies would also be used to supply signs and tools for the project.  The Phase 2 proposal, unanimously approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council, was also about maintaining our long-term commitment and relationship with the Town.

In February 2018, DUST2 was informed that the project had not been recommended for funding by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Grant Review Committee.  While disappointed, we were determined to move forward with a scaled-down version of the Phase 2 project.  The board of directors held a special meeting to determine next steps and develop a revised Phase 2 plan and budget.  With the Town of Pagosa Springs (TOPS) agreeing to allow DUST2 the use of the trail easements and in-kind donations that we had requested for the CPW grant, we were able to revise the project so that the community would still get the core elements of the original Phase 2 proposal without the CPW funds. Our updated budget goal was $30,000 that we would be requesting from the following sources: $20,000 from Archuleta County $5000 from the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) $5000 in private donations from individuals and businesses.  With the easements and in-kind donations from TOPS in addition to the contributions above, DUST2 will be able to:

  • Contract with a professional trail builder
  • Construct the first half of the proposed 2.2 miles of professionally engineered single track trail on Res Hill with connector route to Phase 1.
  • Continue development of the second half of Phase 2 trails on Reservoir Hill.

To date, the Board Of County Commissioners, in a 2:1 vote, agreed to allocate $15,000.00 from Conservation Trust Funds for the construction of our revised Phase 2 project.  In addition to this, the Pagosa Area Tourism Board, Pagosa Outside, Citizens Bank, The Richardson Family, Sherpa Real estate,  First Southwest Bank, Pagosa Mountian Sports, Wolf Creek Wheel Club and the Sewell Family, together donated $9600.00 in previous pledges, successfully funding our revised Phase 2 project.

Tony Boone has stated that he does want to contract with DUST2 to construct our Phase 2 trails and will be available late summer to early fall.

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our Phase 2 trail proposal is that local trail builder, Triston Richarson, will be leading construction of the Bronc Connector trail with help from local volunteers.

Amy Sharp has offered to re-write the grant pro-bono for submission in 2019.  We will be in discussions with Amy Sharp and the Town Of Pagosa Springs to develop a plan of action for 2019 construction.

We are deeply grateful for your continued support and will keep you updated as we progress