Though the capital region has slogged through a grueling winter season of record low temperatures, blustery winds, snow, and ice, your faithful Capital Area Greenbelt volunteers have been steadily humming behind the scenes in preparation for the upcoming thaw.

As the earth stretches for the inevitable spring and the flowers slowly begin to open at the Five Senses Gardens, it’s time to hang up the cross country skis and once again venture out on the trail by foot and by bike.

Projects many years in the making are coming to fruition this year. Here are some new and exciting projects to look forward to in 2014:

photo by Eric Beyeler, Beyond Second Street website

photo by Eric Beyeler, Beyond Second Street website

Signage:

One of the major projects that CAGA has been focused on this winter is preparing for a total overhaul of the signage and way finding infrastructure along the trail.

After an extensive design process and transportation/signage study, we are almost ready to introduce this new look to trail. Keep your eyes peeled for these (PennDot approved) beauties to debut in late spring or early summer. These will go a long way in making the trail easier to follow, and easier to identify.

Tour De Belt

What are you doing on June 8th?

Mark your calendars and come join 600+ of your fellow trail users, friends, community leaders, and volunteers for the 14th Annual Tour De Belt! This is the biggest fundraiser for CAGA, and our ability to effectively maintain and protect your local trail system is dependent on the success of this popular event. If you are unfamiliar with the trail, this is the perfect opportunity to ride the Greenbelt in its entirety, with volunteers directing you at major intersections and rest stops along the way. Register at www.caga.org

Sweet Single Track

In addition to the main artery of the Greenbelt, you may have been tempted by the small tendrils of single-track and side trails which split off and wind along the creeks and through the woods.

If you’ve ever been tempted to break off and explore these areas, it’s about to get easier. In partnership with local bike organization SAMBA and Quality Bicycle Products, these will be mapped and further developed to enhance the miles of challenging single-track mountain bike trails easily accessible from the main trail and the urban core. The first section of these trails will be developed along the Paxtang Parkway, and will be a welcome addition to the trail network and a unique offering for the capital city.

This is a small sampling of some of the hard work and projects undertaken by dedicated CAGA volunteers, and a sneak peek at some enhancements to look forward to as the mercury rises here in Harrisburg.

Keep your fingers crossed for an early spring, and I’ll see you on the trail!

To volunteer with the Capital Area Greenbelt Association, visit the organization’s site here.

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Kyle Shenk

Kyle Shenk

Kyle is the president of the Capital Area Greenbelt Association and enjoys experiencing the city on foot or by bike. He lives in Uptown Harrisburg with his wife and their dog, Nimbus.
Kyle Shenk
Kyle Shenk