Teams 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.
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On Sunday morning, November 12th, 2011, Scott Burnett, Frank Messer and Randy Moore along with an eager band of surrogate volunteers* pulled away a curtain of honeysuckle revealing a dramatic backdrop in the theater that is Roanoke Park.
The best place to view this drama is from the crosswalk at 36th and Karnes. Look up, to the north, in the direction of Coleman Highlands, especially in the mid-morning light.
The curtain goes up on a cliff below Coleman Highlands, formerly hidden from view by invasive honeysuckle.
The *Surrogate Volunteers Program is designed for those who want to pitch in to help the Roanoke Park Conservancy as part of the volunteer work force but need, or want, to find another way to participate when they cannot put on the gloves on one of the work weekends.
While no one has more volunteer work hours in the park than Randy Moore, he leverages his own efforts with this surrogate program. He again did so by rounding up another $300 to sponsor "surrogate workers" who helped him "pull back the curtain" of honeysuckle this weekend.
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Enjoy the park, and stay safe. While Kansas City's mask mandate has been lifted, our area's vaccination rate and the emergence of new variants calls for maintaining caution to reduce transmission. Please enjoy the park responsibly by spreading out. The Westport-Roanoke Community Center is open again with normal hours after its recent construction closure. Please click their link above and call for the latest info. Here are the latest KCMO COVID-19 updates from the city. To avoid damaging trails, check Trail Status before biking or hiking off road. ("Rozarks" = Roanoke Park's 2.5 miles plus Rosedale's 3.5 miles.)