March 10 – Over 80 volunteers assisted on an absolutely gorgeous spring morning with the continued redevelopment of Roanoke Park.

Trail workers by Susan MuehlfelderTeams of trail builders and honeysuckle warriors labored for a few glorious hours in the quest for ecological restoration within the rolling, bluff-laced terrain.

Randy Moore led approximately 40 honeysuckle warriors in the continued battle to reveal Coleman Bluff on the northern edge of the park, with the team making outstanding progress. Workers dragged and piled brush, cut invasive species out, and shared in a mid-morning break and story swap time. Their work has made Coleman Bluff visible once again through the understory of the parkland’s native urban forest!

Don't Ride Muddy Trail
(Don't walk it either.) In order to keep the new singletrack trail in top condition, please stay off it when the ground is muddy. If your shoes or tires get mud between the treads, it's too soft! Use the sidewalk instead and try the dirt trail another day. THANKS!

Brett Shoffner coordinated approximately 30 trail builders to complete the first section of the Roanoke Park trail system, the latest addition to regional trail mileage built and maintained by Earth Riders Trails Association. Workers scraped, tamped, and rocked their way to an approximately 1/5 mile long, 100% volunteer hand-built nature trail. Other volunteers provided a water and snack wagon, wheeling it around the park to the different working groups, as even more volunteers prepared lunch for everyone.

The morning work session was capped with a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the “Devil’s Dip” section of the Roanoke Park Trails. Devil’s Dip represents the first of six phases of trail development within Roanoke Park. After walking the new trail, workers gathered under the shade trees of the Westport-Roanoke Community Center to enjoy a wonderful meal provided by Miles Krivena and Whole Foods and prepared by our master chefs, Chef Brett and Chef Scottie. The food was as good as the conversations, with everyone enjoying both under blue skies and sunshine.


See the Plans > Trails section for the Roanoke Park Trails Master Plan.

For many more photos of the day from Mary S. Watkins, see the Information > Photo Galleries > Event Photos section.

Special thanks to Brett Shoffner, Curt Watkins, Miles Krivena, Scott Capstack, and Randy Moore for their continued support and leadership in the quest for a better Roanoke Park.

The trailbuilders at work on Roanoke Park's newest amenity. Thanks to for the picture. (See Information > Photo Galleries > Event Photos, for more pics.)The trailbuilders at work on Roanoke Park's newest amenity. Thanks to for the picture. (See Information > Photo Galleries > Event Photos, for more pics.)