Equestrian trail update

07152008_Horse1.jpgAs part of our commitment to greater outreach, Three Rivers hosted two public forums on horse trails last Fall to solicit ideas and suggestions related to our equestrian trails. Based on that user input, a list of short term improvements was developed for completion by July 1. Keep reading to learn about the improvements that have already been made.

Our trail maintenance staff is registered to attend the Trail Master course conducted by the American Endurance Ride Conference to help us learn more about best practices in the construction of sustainable horse trails.

General trimming of low hanging branches has been completed at Baker and Crow-Hassan Park Reserves, and is an ongoing task at Elm Creek and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves.

Waste containers have been added at Baker, Carver, and Crow-Hassan parking lots.

Over the winter, over 20 mounting blocks were constructed, and were installed this spring at Baker, Carver, Elm Creek, and Crow-Hassan horse trail parking lots and trail rest stops.

At Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, the K-9 rescue groups have been directed to discontinue their exercises along equestrian areas, a “15 mph” sign has been installed on the entrance road, hand sanitizer has been added to the bathroom facilities, and a picnic table has been placed by Prairie Lake.

At Elm Creek Park Reserve, the rusty culvert near the trailhead has been fixed and all barbed wire has been removed from trails.

At Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, a “No Parking” sign has been installed at Natchez Ave. gate entry to discourage cars from parking at this location, which has made it difficult for horses and riders to enter.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair