2020 Season Update

 

April 21, 2020

 

We would like to update you on our current situation and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the Peterborough Trailbuilders Association so far this season.

2020 was going to be our biggest and most productive year yet, but as with most things, this is now up in the air. Currently we are unable to do any trail maintenance at either Harold Town or the Ganaraska Forest, but are remaining optimistic that we will be able to do trail work at some point this season.

Ganaraska Forest

At this time, the Ganaraska Forest has been closed to all users and volunteers. We will not be able to do any work in the Ganny until the state of emergency has ended and the property is once again opened up to volunteers. We are hopeful that we will be able to salvage some of the riding season here. We had been stoked for the official opening of the new ‘Creekie’ trail, and also have permission from the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority to begin planning a new trail. Our continued vision for the Ganaraska Forest is to develop trails in a northern section of the forest that can be more easily accessed from Peterborough, and ultimately turn the Ganaraska into a premier trail system. 

Harold Town C.A.

At Harold Town, the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority is continuing to allow trail use, however property maintenance by ORCA staff and the PTA is not being permitted. The main double track/ Face trail loop is open, while the other trails were closed in early March due to wet spring conditions. We are getting close to the point where these other trails can be opened, however with no volunteer work permitted on the property, we are unable to do the minimum spring work to ensure the other trails are safe to use. They will remain officially closed until further notice. For 2020, we had plans to improve the kids trail at the base, extend Kessel, as well as make small improvements to many of the other trails in the network, and hope that we will be able to salvage some of the trailbuilding season.

Although our trail work is currently on hold, what is not on hold is our insurance cost. To be able to do the work that we typically do, the PTA pays over $4000 a year for insurance. As a board, we have decided to not ask our usual sponsors for support this year, allowing them to focus on the health of their businesses and the support of their employees. The PTA wishes to thank Wild Rock, Fontaine's Source for Sports, and Shimano for their past and continued support of trails in and around Peterborough. This means that we are dependent on membership dollars more than ever. For those of you that have already purchased your 2020 membership, thank you. Memberships can be purchased online here. We also have some Support Local Trails t-shirts still available at the same link.

If you have any questions for your Board of Directors, please feel free to send us an email. We are proud to serve our members, and look forward to getting back on the trails as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,

 

The PTA Board

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