Brent Fullmer maneuvered the brush-cutting gear by an overgrown space of Black Elk-Neihardt Park on Saturday to clear the trail for what he hopes will develop into a preferred vacation spot for bicyclists, walkers and hikers.
Fullmer is working to construct a 4.2-mile pure floor path, which might be inbuilt three phases and make its means by a few of the park’s wooded and extra secluded areas.
“There have been some rogue mountain bike trails that went by right here up to now,” Fullmer mentioned. “So we’ll put an official mountain bike path in.”
The Blair Metropolis Council initially accepted the path in February. It was accepted once more after Fullmer partnered with Trails Have Our Respect (THOR), which oversees a number of trails in Omaha.
On Saturday, a few dozen volunteers joined Fullmer to chop again years of progress, together with poison ivy and stinging nettles.
“It is all in there,” Fullmer mentioned.
The primary section of the path will start on the car parking zone on the foot of the Tower of the 4 Winds and goes by what Fullmer is looking “the thicket” earlier than coming out the opposite facet of the park.
A kiosk, which is being constructed as a part of Eagle Scout venture, will present the map of the course.
Although the path is not full, Fullmer inspired cyclists to start using the course now.
“What we get in immediately, come and trip. That is what maintains the path is using it,” he mentioned. “If individuals wish to come up right here and do that path out, simply comply with the ribbon within the grime.
“Ultimately, we’ll get some indicators up and I am going to have the kiosk with the map and all that, however in the meanwhile it is going to be a little bit of a treasure hunt,” Fullmer added.
The path is not only for mountain bike fanatics.
“That is one other most important goal is to open it as much as hikers and runners. They will truly get into these areas that earlier than had been utterly impenetrable,” Fullmer mentioned. “If you wish to return there (now), you are going to get stinging nettles, and stickers and doubtlessly poison ivy. With this path, it is going to be trimmed again and it’ll all be managed so you may get into it.”
Fullmer hopes to finish the second and third phases of the path but this 12 months. Nevertheless, he wants approval from the town council earlier than that work can start.
“We’ll see what the council thinks. I do know plenty of them dwell and use this explicit park to allow them to come stroll it and see what they assume,” Fullmer mentioned. “I might prefer to get this on this fall. As quickly as they are saying go, I am going to go. I might prefer to get the entire thing on this fall if I might and get using in. Fall is definitely a very good time to trip a path in as a result of you may compact the grime and get it good and strong.”
Volunteers are anticipated to return the following two to 3 Saturdays to finish the primary section of the venture. Anybody involved in volunteering can contact Fullmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers will even be wanted 12 months spherical to keep up the path too.
“We have to have some good native volunteers who can assist preserve and trim it out,” Fullmer mentioned. “This path goes to take plenty of upkeep when it comes to simply trimming as a result of it is bought plenty of grass.”