Park City ready to celebrate its trails
May 31, 2006
When Mountain Trails Foundation (MTF) throws a party, there’s no question what they are celebrating the trails.
This weekend the Mountain Trails Celebration will feature three days jammed-packed with activities all centering on local trails.
The weekend will kick off June 1-2, when the prestigious International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail School makes a tour stop in Northern Utah. Credited as having some of the best standards for trail building, the IMBA Trail School will send a group of experts to educate Summit County residents interested in building trails through the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. The crews are canvassing the country in Subaru Outbacks, teaching the art and science of trail building.
"It a real honor for them to come to Park City," said MTF executive director Carol Potter.
The trail school will help locals build a route from the Silver Star to Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) in three days. Among the topics the crew will cover, are sustainable trail design, basic construction, turns, drainage and bridges, reroutes, reclamation, rockwork, volunteer efforts and signage.
Much of the effort will include brush clearing and how to create a new path.
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"If anyone has been interested in trail building, this is your chance," Potter said.
Joining in the effort, will be the MTF members, the Alta Trail Crew and Basin Recreation employees. Potter is excited that the local trail experts, as well as regular citizens, will have an opportunity to benefit from the school’s expertise.
"It’s a good way to give our core group first-class training," Potter said.
The festivities will start at 1 p.m. at the Miners Hospital with classroom sessions. Friday will be spent working in the field. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.
On Saturday, the party will come to its peak with National Trails Day. Activities will start with "Spruce Up Spiro," an initiative by MTF, Basin Recreation and Park City to clean up Spiro Trail. The event will start in the First Time parking lot at PCMR with introductions, breakfast and a safety briefing. The first 150 people to show up for the event will receive long-sleeve T-shirts. According to Potter, there will be jobs for all ages to complete. MTF will supply tools, water and instructions. After the clean-up, PCMR and Silver Star Development will present a lunch in the Legacy Lodge. Multiple giveaways, including bike bells and other items will be offered at the lunch.
The event is part of over 1,200 other trails celebrations all over the U.S.
"It’s a great way to celebrate our trails with other organizations’ cross the country," Potter said.
The trail clean up will be held regardless of weather.
Later on in the day, MTF will host a trail festival at Miners Hospital from 5-7 p.m. for the general public. Trail planners from Park City, Basin Recreation and Summit and Wasatch counties will be on hand with maps and plans for new trails slated to be built in the surrounding areas. Food, beverages and a silent auction will also be a part of the event.