Watchung Reservation Trail Building

Discussion in 'Rides, Races and Events' started by pooriggy, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Shorepoints

    Shorepoints Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Westfield
    Probably going to have to wait till after the Deer Hunt (Feb 11). Hunters are concerned we are scaring the deer out of the park. Remember we are lowest on the totem pole at the Res right now, gotta hang in there. At least Stallone is powering through roughing out the trail, so things aren't standing still. We'll catch up to him quick when we get in there.
     
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  2. w_b

    w_b Well-Known Member

    Location:
    central jersey
    Totem pole or not, curious as to the actual number of hunters holding up progress vs. how many MTBers are being held up. Should be relatively easy to get the hunter number for such a highly-regulated pastime. The difficult number is how many MTBers are being held up.

    I'd say this is similar to the classic "public golf courses vs. multi-use parklands" scenario where our tax dollars go mostly to benefit a (relatively) select few duffers.

    Oh well, bitchin' about it ain't gonna change it so wait and wait some more. I gotta go kill some deer!
     
  3. Shorepoints

    Shorepoints Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Westfield
    There are a very small number of hunting licenses issued and they only get 5 days a year, so certainly there are more of us then them, but they get their 5 days and they are out.
    Here's the current score, for those of you keeping score: http://patch.com/new-jersey/westfield/19-deer-killed-second-day-union-county-hunt
    At least while we wait, Mark and crew are building trails. We just come in after and fine-tune. We will catch up, so I don't think we're losing any time.
     
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  4. jShort

    jShort Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Glen Gardner
    Seems like the hard part is over. All that's left is to build some trails. There'll be plenty of time to build great trails and be riding them this year. Especially with great mtb community ready to dig.
     
  5. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Warren
    any trail build dates being tossed out yet? hunt should done this weekend
    If I don't lock down some weekends, the spouse will
     
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  6. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Cranford
    Nothing yet.
    Pencil in some Saturdays in March , at least it will be on calendar for your wife...and don't forget your big boy pants.
     
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  7. rxpxskier

    rxpxskier New Member

    Location:
    Summit
    Has there been any update on watchung now that it's April? My searching on the web has resulting in everyone against this movement
     
  8. MTBpat

    MTBpat New Member

    I second rxpxskier. I'm looking to move to the area and the prospect of having Watchung open to riding is affecting the location.
     
  9. pooriggy

    pooriggy Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Cranford
  10. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Warren
    wow that's a great expectation to #makewatchunggreatagain
     
  11. MTBpat

    MTBpat New Member

    not sure i follow? honestly, every area ive lived in have shared trails without any issues between the user groups. if there is a possibility that union county will be so closed-minded again, then i would rather live and have my taxes go to a county like Morris.. Not to mention, driving a half hour almost every day to Lewis-Morris is going to be a PITA. pretty important decision for me.
     
  12. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Warren
    I agree with driving to ride, I go to Chimney cause it's close, if 6MR or Allamuchy were closer, I'd probably ride there more
    what I meant, its rare to hear someone decide on a relo based on the vicinity of a trail in NJ, Moab maybe but Union County?
    Though with the guys who will be managing the JORBA trail builds, I'm sure it will be great

    You're the perfect demographic to post your comments here if you haven't already:
    http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/paths-trails-greenways/watchung-reservation-trails-master-plan/
     
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  13. bigtwin100

    bigtwin100 Active Member

    Location:
    Gillette
    Dont move to Union County.
     
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  14. MTBpat

    MTBpat New Member

    sorry, i should say we are moving from Ossining to Northern Jersey. Not "relocating" as you mention. But, having lived in Philly for 4 years and riding Wissahickon every day, I really miss the ability to ride out of my garage and into the woods. Never had an issue at the Wiss with shared use.

    I just watched the full video from the meeting and agree that the fear-mongering is out of control by these people. I'm not prepared to give $14,000 in tax money every year to Union county and not have the ability to enjoy what that money funds. Not sure if it helps, but if it would be beneficial for me to attend this meeting as a prospective resident, I would try to find a way to make it to one before they make a decision.
     
  15. MTBpat

    MTBpat New Member

    Where would you suggest someone like myself live when their wife wants her Mid-Town commute to be 45 minutes or less?
     
  16. Dingo

    Dingo Well-Known Member

    Any where NJ transit has passenger rail service or ferry service. Middletown has ferry. Booton has rail and awesome riding.
     
  17. MadisonDan

    MadisonDan Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Madison, NJ
    Bad day to mention NJTranshit.....
     
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  18. Dingo

    Dingo Well-Known Member

    Yeah...
    The driving commute is not much better. So glad my job is local.
     
  19. jimvreeland

    jimvreeland Shop: Hilltop Bicycles Shop Keep

    Location:
    Pissthataway
    Middlesex.
     
  20. JimN

    JimN Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Parsippany
    You could also look at something near High Mountain, like Wayne, Haledon, Wykoff, etc. I would imagine the train ride to Penn Station wouldn't be too bad from around there.
     

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