Rain has been the enemy of efforts to repair the damaged North Shore Trails at Clinton State Park, but another attempt will be made next weekend.
Danny Loental has scheduled a trail repair day from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 23, at the state park in southwest Lawrence. An additional session may take place from noon to 4 p.m. if a crew leader is available. Approximately 20 miles of the North Shore Trails were damaged April 18 when a thunderstorm soaked the course during the Kansas City Trail Nerds’ Free State Trail Runs. Around 250 runners were on the course running various distances, and most the trail system sustained damage – some of it severe – by the conclusion of the 17-hour event. In the four weeks since then, more than 60 trail-users have received trail repair training from the Kansas Trails Council, and three official work days have been scheduled. All three were rained out. In addition to the trail repair day on May 23, Loental also is seeking volunteers for trail repair days during the week. Those available for trail repair during the week or who plan to attend on May 23 can RSVP in the comments section on the Trail Nerds’ Facebook page. Numerous members of the local trail-using community remain unnecessarily blocked from the page for bogus reasons by Trail Nerds owner Ben Holmes, however, and therefore will be unable to RSVP. If that is the case, feel free to post here and I will pass it along. I will be attending the morning session on May 23.
Update at 9:45 a.m. May 17: An official trail repair day event page for May 23 has been set up. For more details or to RSVP, go here.