Volunteer

Bridge Completion at Stub Stewart State Park

Congrats to everyone! The two year project to build three bridges in the mountain bike and mixed use trail area of Stub Stewart State Park, OR came to an end this weekend with the completion of the last bridge. This work was no easy feat and took 100’s of volunteers to help move 20+ tons of rock and materials into the remote areas where the bridges were built.

These 100’s of volunteers put in 1,500-2000 worth of combined hours and spanned many groups including NWTA, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Equestrian Trails, Westside Trail Federation, and the Northwest Youth Corps. 

Thanks to Oregon State Parks for making this all possible, including finding grants for Northwest Youth Corps to build the bridges. This gave 19-24 year old America Corp volunteers an opportunity to learn two weeks of carpentry skills. 

Gateway Green Project

What used to be the site of the Rocky Butte Prison from 1942-1983 is now becoming a 25 acre mix use park in Portland, OR. Sitting between two major highways, this unused land was recently the home to over 200 homeless. In the fall of 2016, a large outreach effort was started to provide assistance and resources to those living on the land.

A cleanup and trail building effort has since begun and volunteers from @nwtrail, Friends of Gateway Green and @portlandparks have put in thousand of hours thus far. 

This multi-million dollar project will also provide the mountain bike community with a local home and the Dirt Lab section of the park is slatted to open at the end of June 2017.

Check out www.gatewaygreen.org to learn more.

2016 Mt. Baker Splitfest

The skies opened and unleashed winter upon us this past weekend at Mt. Baker Splitfest. Luckily, we came up early on Friday and toured in blue bird conditions on Artist Point and the Swift Creek drainage. As for the rest of the weekend, high winds and white out conditions kept everyone doing short laps in tree protected areas. And in true Baker Splitfest fashion, a hoard turned out for the raffle party and over $9k was raised for NWAC. I was luckily enough to help capture the event for a second year in row. Until next year!