Ringtail Ridge fans know it has been an unusual year for this sweet little natural area. SMGA’s trail crew got a good start on repair and maintenance with a productive Bobcat Build event: Many tread repairs made, trees planted, and much more. Then the rains came, the city crews got busy in other parks, and our crew got caught flat footed while thistle and other vegetation choked numerous trail sections. Add to that a number of trees, dead from last year’s drought, that fell across tread or were threatening to.
Take heart and lace up your boots – things are looking much better for the fall season. The trails have been cleared, most but not all dead trees have been addressed, and as part of the wrap up of requirements of our grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife we have installed bike racks, ‘dog mits’ kiosks, and a waste can at the main entrance. The kiosk has some fresh information with more in the offing, a new map is being prepared, blue blazing is underway, signage is just around the corner, and bridge construction for the second creek crossing on the accessible trail has just begun. Wheeew! The crew has been busy!
Thanks to our regular crew members: Sheila, Lance, Dick, Charlie, John; thanks to our park monitor and soon-to-be master naturalist Gena; thanks to Jesse, Gilbert and the city park crew for the mowing blitz; thanks to Sean, Colin, Maggie, Julie, Matt and others who have been helping along the way. It’s been fun.
Hope we see you on trail,