by Dave Weinstein, Trail Trekker president
- Trail improvement. We have scheduled a series of regular work parties to improve and build trails at Madera Open Space, the Terrace Cutoff, the Douglas Drive trailhead at the Hillside Natural Area, and others. Work parties under the direction of Mark Miner are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, and August 18.
- Preserving open space. We will continue the fight to preserve Fairview Open Space, the 15-acre wild land just north of the Hillside Natural Area, including building coalitions with other groups interested in open space, wildlife, creeks, air quality, parks and other environmental and community issues. We are working with the group ECHO on this.
- Trail map. We will publish a print version of the National Park Service-designed map of all of the city’s trails in 2018. We thank Stephen Bowes of the National Park Service for major assistance developing and designing the map. The map will be free to members of Trail Trekkers and be sold to others for a reasonable amount.
- Hillside Natural Area trail signs. We will oversee the installation and help install trail signs in the Hillside Natural Area. Volunteers from Trekkers will help install the signs. This is the culmination of a multi-year effort done in conjunction with the National Park Service through their Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance Program. The city is funding installation using Measure WW bond funds, thanks to unanimous approval from the Parks and Recreation Commission. We thank Patrick Johnston of the National Park Service for the imaginative signage design.
- Trail signs for public stairways and walkways. We will seek funding to install the National Park Service-designed signs on the city’s trail network and public stairways that is outside of the Hillside Natural Area. Available funding was not enough to do both.
- The fifth annual Hillside Festival will be back with an improved format this year, taking place over three days, not one in the Hillside Natural Area. Dates are May 4-6 and a schedule will be available early in the spring.
- Raising awareness, membership and funds. Our treasurer Pam Austin will continue to lead our efforts to obtain grants for trail building and open space in the city. She and Mollie Hazen will also help coordinate efforts to boost membership in Trail Trekkers and to increase our public presence through publicity, our website and social media, and at such events as the WorldOne July 4 Festival.