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The Draper Trails Volunteers consist of several hundred volunteers whose efforts encompass trail construction, trail promotion and trail watch.

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Draper City Volunteers are essential to trail management


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Young participants in the annual Draper Trails Day event

In 2004 the residents of Draper City passed a bond for the acquisition of 1,021 acres of open space in Corner Canyon, doubling the open space within the community. Since then, trails in Draper City, which has over 60 miles of trails, have become even more popular.

Public interest in trails has expanded to include construction, promotion, and protection of such a valued asset. The Draper Trails Volunteers consist of several hundred volunteers whose efforts encompass trail construction, trail promotion and trail watch.

 

Trail Construction Volunteers

During 2007, approximately 12,300 service hours, including 108 Eagle Scout projects, assisted in several trail projects, including the construction and upgrades of approximately 2 miles of primitive trails, land restoration, buck and rail fence installation, and trail signage installation. The Boy Scouts of America have partnered with Draper City in providing service opportunities for scouts. Such volunteer groups are responsible for most of the 60 miles of trails in the Draper area.

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Draper City Trails Volunteer work crew

 

Volunteer trail crew leaders, along with city staff members, train and oversee the volunteer groups. The trail crew leaders, who have been trained by the Forest Service and International Mountain Bicycling Association , have willingly dedicated and volunteered many hours in the past year.

 

Trail Promotion

In June 2006, Draper City held its first annual Trails Day event. The event was organized by a group of volunteers, under the direction of Glen Sisam, a volunteer with Draper Parks, Trails, and Recreation Committee, with the support from Draper City, Draper Area Chamber of Commerce, and many other sponsors.

The event was so popular that the event was expanded in 2007 to include a Memorial Day Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Race which precedes the main event in June. In 2008, the events will be expanded further to include other Trail Days later in the season centered around equestrian use and National Public Lands Day.

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Draper Trail Days

 

Events at the main June event includes guided hikes, geo-caching, running and biking races, children’s treasure hunt, and various activities and more entertainment at the trail head. The events have brought much attention to the various trail activities and amenities in the area.

 

Trail Watch Program

In 2007 Ann Parr, a Draper resident, along with other trail enthusiast approached the city to initiate a trails watch program to help reduce unauthorized use of the city’s trails and open spaces. The program, which consists of approximately 20 volunteers, with the assistance of the Parks and Police Departments, not only help watch for unauthorized use, but helps provide assistance and information to trail users. While there are many volunteers who assist in one of the aspects mentioned, it is common for a longstanding core group of volunteers to participate in all aspects.

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Boy Scout patch for Trail volunteer service

 

There is no hard division line between the various groups and it is difficult to separate them into the different groups. For example, volunteers who help promote trail events, such as Trails Days, developed a scout patch for the scout volunteers who help construct trails.

Many of these same volunteers also assisted volunteers from the Trail Watch Program and city staff to create a brochure on Corner Canyon, to better educate the public about the canyon. This core group of volunteers has also been involved in facilitating cooperation between various agencies, including the Forest Service, surrounding cities, county, and water and utility companies.

Draper City is indebted to this core group of volunteers, which ensure that the trail programs and projects progress from year to year, and is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who provide the manpower to develop, promote, and protect such a great community asset.

 

For more information

http://www.draper.ut.us/408/Parks-Trails

https://www.facebook.com/DraperCityTrails/

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