James River Water Levels
Gauge Height: 10.34'
Flow: 30700 cfps
Above 9' river closed
Trail Conditions: Richmond
James River Park System trails are ready for your two wheelsWednesday, May 04, 2016
Todays Tides: Richmond Locks
High Tide: 3:24am
Low Tide: 10:36am
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Trail lovers, rejoice! The “Sweco” is at work in Dogwood Dell.
I just went over there to take some pictures of the traildozer at work, which you’ll find below. Talk about a force multiplier. The machine rips through underbrush, making bench cuts and felling saplings at a quick clip. I remember Nathan Burrell, the city’s trails manager, telling me that the work it did in Forest Hill Park would have taken 2 years if it had to be done by hand. Over in Dogwood Dell, creating 1.75 miles of new trail, it’ll take 2 days.
It was a veritable who’s who of bike and trail folks at the Dell when I was over there. I ran into Jakob Helmboldt, the city’s bike/pedestrian coordinator, and Stacy Rogers, the Richmond Police Department’s stalwart park cop, who patrols Buttermilk and Forest Hill Park on his mountain bike. Of course, Burrell and his crew were there as well, hard at work smoothing out the rough cut that the Sweco makes through a forest.
Burrell said the Sweco will be done tomorrow, and the goal is the have the trail finished by early March. Every Saturday at 9 a.m. from now until then there’ll be volunteer opportunities at Dogwood Dell to complete the work started today.
Here are some pics.
In one place, the trail runs by a thick bamboo stand. I imagined Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on mountain bikes.
That’s volunteer Brad Lowry coming in behind the Sweco to work on the trail. Much volunteer help will be needed in the coming weeks to get these trails done on time.