August 12th - Civic Field Build Day
We're lucky enough to have a jump park in town. And not lame one either! Right in the middle of beautiful Bellingham are some of the biggest, steepest jumps around. All that dirt needs to maintained though. This past August 12th, Intrinsic Flow was at the park to give back. Below is the trail report from that day.
The park has been pummeled by lots of direct sunlight, 8 plus hours of wind per day (pretty normal) and a complete lack of rain. Wet stuff hasn’t fallen from the sky in like 3 months!! Dry conditions make for an ideal breading ground for weeds and it showed at the park. Rampant weed growth was everywhere. It was pretty obvious what would be the best way to spend our time.
I showed up with tools and all the accutraments to make burgers and hand out treats. Well, I showed up with all of it except for charcoal to actually cook the burgers. Argh! Dang it all! I try. I really do, but there is always something. Anyway, Zoae Spackman was nice enough to grab some charcoal from the local connivence store and we were in business. Thanks Zoae!
We started work at 9am in the morning and ended up with a huge turn-out for your typical park workday. We made a ton of progress in the planned 3 hours worth of work, clearing the two biggest jump lines and several sections of the pump track, as well as the mid-size jump lines. Weeds were removed or tamed and jump faces/landings were buffed. It’s pretty amazing what you can get done with a group of people that are properly motivated. It really is.
Then at noon, I started dishing out burgers and chips and then we played in the dirt a bit, enjoying the fruits of our labor. I really have to tell you, the best jumping ever is done on freshly buffed jumps. If you haven’t experienced it, then you should definitely seek it out. We got plenty done this day, so there was plenty of freshness to be had, so the riding was really, really good. Good people, good times and a good day.
If you missed this workday, not to worry. We’ll be having another one on October 14th. Work will be from 9am till noon and then we eat and ride. Thanks to everyone that came out to help! We couldn't do this without you! And thanks so much to the WMBC for covering the expenses. And if you don't know who the WMBC is check out there web and Facebook pages. They're extremely busy in this area doing the good work that needs to be done to get access and maintain it. Thanks all!
The August 14th volunteers:
Derek Chaney, Dash Willis, Trevor Ledain, Joel Spackman (and crew), Peter Spackman, Zoae Spackman, Asa Spackman, Leto Spackman, Mike Snoval, Ethan Sperry, John Bontrager