Volunteers guarantee Topeka-area hikers, bikers have miles of journey

The climate this time of the 12 months is, effectively, predictably unpredictable for Kansas. Sooner or later, you’re outdoors having fun with a heat and sunny afternoon, and the subsequent it’s snowing. 

For the miles of pure trails round Shawnee County, this alteration of climate can shortly grow to be an issue. 

Simply as potholes are created annually from autos touring on asphalt through the winter’s freeze-thaw cycle, the identical is true for the unpaved trails when moist utilized by walkers, runners and riders.

“It will take numerous work,” Rick Bean, president of Prime Metropolis Trails Alliance (TCTA), informed The Topeka Capital-Journal final Sunday.

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From left, Mark Ferretti, Rick Bean Justin Lillibridge and Bob Jurgens clear fallen trees and honeysuckle to create a new section of trail earlier this month. The goal of this section is to smooth out an almost 90-degree turn and also help with water runoff.

“Within the wintertime and within the springtime, you bought runoff, you bought rain, you have bought erosion happening,” Bean mentioned. “Issues that we’re making an attempt to develop and work on.”

The nonprofit group, which fashioned in 2021, is the most recent to assist preserve a few of the pure floor trails in Shawnee County alongside Kansas Trails Council, Undertake-a-Path volunteer work and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

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