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Quarry trails are OPEN.

Rainfall totals as of Wednesday morning are less than 1/4" so the trails remain open but subject to closure if the rain gets heavy and sustained.  Wet leaves will make for very slick conditions.  Two trees are down, one on Gratitude and one on Owl loop.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:25)

 

Our Fall, 2014 trailwork calendar is now up. See below for details.  The next scheduled day is October 18th.  Tim will be leading the charge this weekend with a goal of punching Naysayer through to Monolith.  Please try to find some time to come out and lend a hand.  No experience necessary.

FATMUG Trail Work Calendar
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Month Date Leader Details Contact
October 5 Cameron 10am - Naysayer - meet at Sunshine Ball field gate This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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18 Tim 9am - Naysayer - meet at Sunshine Ball field gate This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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November 1 Andy 9am - Naysayer - meet at Sunshine Ball field gate This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
8 Various Groundbreaking at  Motts! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
15 Jay TBD jj_dunn@hotmail
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December 6
13 Steve 9am - Motts This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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We are extremely pleased to announce the City of Fredericksburg has approved our proposal to build an approximate twelve mile, stacked-loop, mountain bike specific, trail system on the land around the Motts Run Reservoir!  This opportunity to double the amount of high quality single track in the immediate Fredericksburg area has us super stoked and we hope you share that feeling.  We plan to kick off the build of this new network on November 8th.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to join us!

 

 

 

 

 

We were contacted in early September by an engineering firm who is working with VDOT to conduct an environmental assessment of potential impacts to social and environmental factors that may occur as a result of proposed improvements to the Interstate 95 corridor in the Fredericksburg area.  See the following map and letter for background.  Hopefully by letting VDOT know where our trails are and how much we value them, the trails will be spared during future construction/expansion of roadways. Thanks to Rob Maple for helping send these folks trail location data.

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Grading work and storm water run-off control work on the old quarry road is now complete.  We offer a huge thank you to the City's Public Works department for taking care of this!  The improvements they made should eliminate the large volume of fast-flowing water down the road which was eating away at the upstream end of Scout trail.  Past damage is significant in that area but we're hopeful it stays in the past.  You may also notice that many of the orange clay mud-slick puddles under the 95 overpass area are vastly improved from this project.  Thanks again Public Works!

 

FATMUG's annual Board of Directors meeting was held on September 15th.  We welcome back to the Board Jay Dunn, Jason Syverson and Shaun Melendy.  Congratulations (and thank you for volunteering) to newly installed officers Jason - Secretary and Shaun - Treasurer.

 

 

 

Andrew Thorpe created this detailed "Courtland Trails" Booklet. So if you run, bike walk the trails near Courtland or just a little curious about it please check it out.  Courtland Booklet

 

If you’ve tried to get to the Quarry Trails recently then you’ve no doubt seen the impacts of the Fall Hill bridge widening project.  Entering the trails from Fall Hill Ave now not only requires passing through a hard hat area but it also requires skirting the edge of a huge crater opening up to the canal and then hopping a construction fence.  Not exactly the best situation.  We spoke to the folks at the City about the problem and they suggested that anyone wanting to access the Quarry trails while the bridge project is underway use Wicklow drive instead of the old entry point beside the FOR/VOC building.

Starting immediately and continuing for at least the next few months, please do not use the old access point to the Quarry trails (the gated gravel road between FOR and the canal).  Instead please park at the end of Wicklow drive just OUTSIDE of the Sunshine Baseball fields parking lot.  Do not park in the lot.  If you do and the park closes, you may get locked in so please park on the road outside of the ball field gates.  The Fredericksburg Police Department has also been notified that the City would like trail using folks to park in that area so as long as you obey posted signs, you should not need to worry about getting towed.  The kiosk with the trails OPEN/CLOSED sign will soon be moved up to this new location as well.

Need directions to this new access point?  Just search on “1200 Wicklow Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22401”.  Once you arrive at the ballpark, just ride/walk/hike into the entrance of the baseball field parking area and then down the gravel road (it’s okay to go around the gate) to the trails.

 
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