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Trails in the Time of COVID – Share your Story
Share What Crozet Trails Mean to You This Year It has been a delight to see so many out on the trails since the COVID lockdown began. Walking, running, biking, birding, catching frogs, and posting messages in the tunnel, Crozetians are doing it all whether alone or with family, friends, or a treasured pet. Our community is a special place. It feels even more so as we safely enjoy the outdoors and time together, even if it is 6’ apart!
As the saying goes when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! The Trails Crew agreed it was prudent to cancel the annual 5K race. But that doesn’t mean we cannot stay connected. So we decided to create a storyboard to capture Crozetians’ experiences on the trails and parks to memorialize this unique time in our lives. We are asking you to share photos (selfies, families, pets, nature) taken on the Crozet trails and parks and to briefly answer the question “How have the trails eased your COVID experience?”
The plan is to post the storyboard and comments on the Crozet Trails Crew website and to share it with local publications. If we receive a solid response, the Crozet Library has agreed to display the story board. We do need permission to print your pictures and comments. Please join in creating a Crozet trails storyboard by clicking on the link Trails in the Time of COVID which will guide you through the process of attaching pictures and comments about your experience on the trails.
Getting Back to Work We’ve been depending on individual workers to keep the trails in shape since March, but we’re going to try to step up our game, and start scheduling some small work days. Needless to say, things won’t be like they were before, and we have developed these guidelines to help keep us all safe and healthy. 1. Work groups will be limited in size All groups will be limited to 10 people or fewer, depending on the space we will be working in. When we go out to prune and trim a trail, we’re able to spread out, so as many as 10 people may be OK. If we are working in a smaller space, the numbers will be smaller. 2. Everyone must sign up in advance This allows us to control the size of groups, and to follow up with you in case contact tracing is needed. I will link to Sign Up Genius pages for each work day. PLEASE: If you sign up and then have to cancel, remove your Sign Up so we have enough workers for every project! 3. Masks are required; work gloves are encouraged We will need to wear masks when we are close together–I anticipate this will be when we gather to discuss the work to be done. Once we are spread out, and are not within a few feet of each other, masks can be removed. Please be aware of trail users, though, and make sure to step aside to allow space if people pass on the trail. 4. Tools will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes at the beginning and end of work, and when transferred between people. The Trails Crew doesn’t have an unlimited supply, so it would be great if you bring your own. 5. A hand washing station will be available with soap, water, and paper towels. If you can bring your own hand sanitizer, please do! 6. Social Distancing will be required.
The 10th Annual Crozet Trails Crew (CTC) 5K Race and Kids Fun Run is open for registration.
It’s the race where everyone wins. Participants get to compete on one of prettiest greenways in Albemarle County, and CTC uses the registration fees and other donations to expand and promote Crozet’s trail network. Recent improvements include stabilizing soft spots with crushed stone, a new stairway to access the Creekside trail head, benches and a tunnel under the new Eastern Avenue extension.
When, Where and What Time
October 12th at Crozet Park.
The Kids Fun Run begins at 8:00 AM followed by the 5K race at 8:30 AM. At 9:30 AM we will award medals and hand out raffle prizes donated by big-hearted Crozet merchants. We would love to have you join us. It is $20 to register on-line and $25 in person.
Be sure to vote tomorrow–every vote matters! Then celebrate at Pro Re Nata Brewery this Wednesday 11/7, 5:30-6:30 pm with the Crozet Trails Crew’s Appreciation of our Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Crew partners–Tucker Rollins, Jim Barbour, and Matthew Smith–who help us in so many ways all year by mowing, clearing trail, laying crushed stone, and clearing fallen trees.
This weekend, join us for a Guided Trail Walk on Saturday, Nov 10 at 10 am. Meet at the kiosk in Crozet Park. This walk was postponed from October 27 due to weather.
Great news! The County has received permission to extend the Crozet trail system across Lickinghole Creek toward Route 250. This is a big step in connecting neighborhoods on the south side of Lickinghole, such as Cory Farms and Liberty Hall, to Crozet Park and downtown Crozet via the Crozet Connector Trail. *We will begin work on building the trail on the south side of the creek at a CTC Workday at 9 am on Saturday, Nov. 17. To get there, take Park Road past Crozet Park into Westhall. Turn left on Westhall Drive. Meeting place is one block on the right, where Eastern Avenue ends in a dead end. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Work gloves, hats, and insect repellent strongly advised, as we may be clearing thick underbrush.
Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8 pm at Mi Rancho in Old Trail.