Rebuild Trail bridge at Hopeland Area of Mills-Norrie State Park

Leader: Georgette Weir
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 13, 14, 2021
Trail bridge rebuild at Hopeland Area of Mills-Norrie State Park

A big Thank-You! to the seven MHADKers who responded to Georgette Weir’s invitation to help rebuild a decaying trail bridge at Mills-Norrie State Park/Hopeland Area. The project was requested by OPRHP Taconics Region management and supervised by its Trails Manager Nate Wenzel in partnership with NY-NJ Trail Conference East Hudson Trails Chair and Crew Chief (volunteer) Andrew Seirup. MHADK provided 8 out of 10 volunteer crew members who helped over the course of the two days. The project involved dismantling the rotting rails and planking of a 24 x 5-foot bridge, then replacing them with new beams, planks, and rails. As with any such project, unexpected obstacles were encountered that required collegial head-scratching and problem-solving. Then there was the early-afternoon thunderstorm on Saturday that cut the day short. Still, by the end of work Sunday, the project was largely complete. A productive and interesting couple of days in the woods.

Joining Georgette were: SharonZ, DavidW, TomA, AnnetteC, SamD, Jean-ClaudeF and CindyC.