Bicycle Trail Project Shifts to High Gear in the Jack Lake Forest
June 21, 2017
Antigo Daily Journal
Antigo Daily Journal
Just weeks after announcing the start of the project, work is getting underway on a new mountain bike trail system at Jack Lake, and now volunteers are needed to help.
Langlade Area Mountain Bike Association (LAMBA) will host workdays Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch.
We are hoping anyone who will use the trails would be willing to come out and donate four hours of their time, Andrew Tainter of LAMBA said. We are providing lunch. Youngsters are welcome as there are lots of small safe projects to do.
Everyone is invited to bring swimsuits and refreshments to enjoy the beach in the afternoon.
Volunteers will meet at the parking lot located inside the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake. There will be a short meeting to explain the goals of the day and also give some expectations and explanations on how to properly use the trail tools available.
There will be "trail bosses" who will be out on the segment to train and guide the volunteers and answer questions.
Volunteers should want to wear sturdy shoes, and long pants. Work gloves are also advised.
There will be bugs, so bring repellent, Beth Stensberg of LAMBA said. Have water to stay hydrated and snacks to stay properly fueled.
Those who have trail tools are encouraged to bring them, although some will be provided.
Check your garage for loppers, metal garden rakes, pry bars and shovels and mark them clearly with your name, Stensberg said. If you plan to bring the whole family, children are really good at cutting little roots that stick up when the trail is pretty much finished, bring little loppers or garden shears that they can manage safely.
Tainter asked that volunteers let the organizers know in advance if they're coming so they can plan for food. Register at https://www.lambatrails.com/volunteer
The trail project has a multi-year focus, with an overall goal of creating an extraordinary, 25-mile trail system that will draw outdoor enthusiasts from across the Midwest, Tainter said. We want to create a superb system that becomes a destination for riders.
Phase one—carving out a largely new single-track trail system on the south and west side of the park—will be completed this summer and fall.
Subsequent phases through 2018 and 2019 will extend the trail’s length around Game and Jack lakes and connect with the existing ski and hiking trails to the north.
Andrew Tainter operates the trail-specific bulldozer
on a section of the new mountain bike route.