Fall Bike Park Beautification

November 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

The big news for last Saturday was finishing up the mulching around the Southwest corner. Last month, we cleared the area of blackberries and weeds to get it ready for mulching. By the way, I get asked why in the heck do I do this sort of thing at the park and the short answer is: The city makes me! Duh. Do you really think I do this because I’m bored or because I enjoy grubbing out blackberries? The answer is, no, I don’t. I would much rather ride my bike and hang out with my family. I have, however, learned that if you want the freedom to do the things you want to do, you have to do some things that you really don’t.

Top – Southwest Corner BEFORE Mulch, Bottom – AFTER Mulch
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Which brings me back to mulching and blackberries. The city left us a load of mulch to spread and we did it all! The pile, which was about five feet tall and 15 feet in diameter is gone, moved to the back of the park and spread, and the blackberries that were living there quite happily a month ago have been grubbed out. With any luck, We won’t have any blackberries growing there next spring. I have to admit, it looks great! I had the help of three volunteers to lighten the workload, Rafael Torres (pictured at right), John Grills and Richard Roland. Thanks guys!
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Progress at Bellingham DJ Park

October 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Bike Park Workday
cache_1325635This past Saturday was a work day out at the bike park. We mainly worked on clearing the southeast corner of the park of blackberries. Anyone who has attempted to remove a thicket of blackberries knows that this is one gnarly, awful job. What can I tell you? No one enjoys doing this kind of thing! I fully expected to be on my on with this little project. The people that like to come ride at the park like to build jumps and play in the dirt, not wade around in the middle of a briar patch. Because of this, I figured that being the responsible party, I would be the only guy out there working on this. I couldn’t have been more wrong. All I have to say is that like Ringo “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Not this time however! To my surprise, I had 4 volunteers that came out and gave a hand: Henry, Ted, Brian and Austin. The five of us worked well past the finish time (at Noon) and finished the entire project of clearing the southeast corner.

Also, during the course of working on the briars with Mcleods and a push mower a guy came up to me and said, “Hey wouldn’t that be easier with a brush mower?” This is the kind of recommendation that I hear at the park all the time while I’m slaving away. Some well meaning soul that has an idea of what would be a better way to do what I am doing. I used to saying that our (the WMBC’s) budget won’t allow for anything more extravagant than what equipment I’m using now. It’s usually at this point that the person asking the question nods ok and then walks away, leaving me to face down the task myself.

That is the way that it USUALLY goes. This time when I say that what we are using is what the club can afford to pay, the guy offers to pay for the rental on a brush mower and offers to go get it! Holy crap! You could have knocked me over with a feather! He and his kids don’t even use the bike park. They were at the skate park next door when he saw what we were up to and came to offer us some help!

Thank you Roger Chamberlain (pictured: top left) for your generosity and initiative! Incredible! Thanks Henry, Ted, Brian and Austin for your hard work Saturday! My faith in humanity restored!

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