This was an idea inspired on our Facebook page. Some riders have been noticing some issues with trash, animal waste and broken glass on some of our trails. Instead of complaining, we are going to take action by organizing our first trail cleanup day.
Date: Saturday, February 21. 2015
Time: 9:00 am (earlier if you choose) – 11:00 am (later if you choose)
Location: Spring Creek Trail parking lot (southeast corner of Renner Road and Central)
Who: All volunteers who care about our trails
Since this is our first attempt at this, we’re going to keep it simple, starting at one location. Everybody is welcome to jump in and feel free to help out as long as they can. We’re working with the City of Richardson to get some supplies, so stay tuned for details on that. For now, here are some suggestions of things you can bring:
– Dustpans (for broken glass)
– Trash Bags (in case we can’t get any from the city)
I’ll be riding my bike out, so it’ll be interesting to see how I get my tools strapped on. Obviously, if it rains, we’ll postpone to another date – so keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for updates.
If this is a successful event, we will schedule more cleanup days throughout other parts of the city.
FYI, Owens Trail will be closed July 23 to July 27 for repairs. The gate across the creek bridge will be closed and locked. Dan Baker at the city says, “We are anticipating the repairs to take 5 days leaving that section of the trail closed Monday – Friday of next week (July 23 – 27). There is an issue with the concrete panel that abuts the bridge on the east side being undermined / eroded. We are removing that section of trail, stabilizing the bank, and replacing that section of the trail. We hope to be 100% by Saturday if not sooner.”
With all of the construction happening with LBJ (Interstate 635), the White Rock Creek Trail will be closed for about 2 months. There is a detour with directional signage to help guide cyclist get across the highway. Here (pdf) is a map of the detour and signage.
Until it’s reopened, the best route for users is the Cottonwood Creek Trail crossover @ the High 5.
From the City of Richardson newsletter:
Today, the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department closed a portion of the Breckinridge Trail in Breckinridge Park due to erosion damage. The impacted section is located at the pedestrian bridge between park entrances A and B. A timeline for repairs is still being determined, and it is unknown at this time when the trail may re-open.
Alternate routes are available in the park for trail use.
According to this week’s newsletter from the city:
Repair work on Spring Creek Trail has been completed by the contractor ahead of schedule, and other than some cleanup work still taking place over the next several days, the trail is open for all users once again.
The trail was closed in three phases beginning Jan. 3, and the rehabilitation work along the 1.1 mile section had been expected to last until Feb. 7. The City contractor removed and replaced concrete trail sections that had been damaged by tree roots and shifting soil.
BFR friend Mike Freiberger sent us a note warning us of some dangerous ice conditions on the Owens Trail just west of the bridge (GPS coordinates N32.985141,W-96.690661). Based on these coordinates, it’s the part of the trail between Lookout Park and Sherrill Park Golf Course. According to the city, the problem is a drainage issue. The Parks and Recreation Department is assessing how best to rectify the drainage problem. Very soon the problem will be corrected.
Until then, with these freezing days ahead of us, please be careful out there. Watch out for ice, not only on the Owens Trail, but anywhere water might be collected. If you see any hazards within the city parks or trail system, please let the city know.