Park Path Project Now Has March Target Date

(Updated Feb. 20)

Staff Report

The building of a new 400-foot path into Trione-Annadel State Park, now

postponed several times by rainy weather, has new target dates for getting the job done: Saturday, March 11.

And, juse in case, the backup date would be March 25. Hugh Helm, the Oakmonter who has spearheaded the project, announced the new dates. He is keeping volunteers in the loop via email.

Rock-cleariing from what will be the new path’s route (Photo by John Williston)

Volunteers turned out to do some preparation on Saturday, Jan. 14, as seen in the photo at right.

More than 20 people showed up  and installed a culvert at the point where the new path will merge with an existing road beside the city’s old treatment plant.

“Under the leadership of Ken Wells (of the Sonoma County Trails Council) and his crew, what we got done was significant,” Helm said. In addition to the culvert, the group moved surface rocks along the trail route to the side where they can be used later to line the trail, and moved wood chips away near the community garden. Since then, rock to be used on the trail has been delivered to the site adjacent to the Community Garden.

Brad Benson, owner of the adjoining RV storage park, has posted “no trespassing” signs on the paved roadway on his property that now is being used to connect Oakmont and the park.

Jim Mayer and Sue Harrisoin anchor the culvert pipe. (Photo by John Williston)

Jim Mayer and Sue Harrisoin anchor the culvert pipe. (Photo by John Williston)

Tony Cale and John Felton break trail and haul rocks. (Photo by John Williston)

Tony Cale and John Felton break trail and haul rocks. (Photo by John Williston)

Volunteers pose over the culvert they installed for a new path into Trione-Annadel State Park. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

Volunteers pose over the culvert they installed for a new path into Trione-Annadel State Park. (Photo by Robert Starkey)