After last spring’s flooding, the river receded over the summer months, exposing new three to four-foot bluffs. Some sections of the riverside trail were washed away entirely.
Much to park users dismay – yet not surprisingly – the Silt Public Works Dept has not done the trail repair work that was discussed last June. The parking lot wasn’t graded until September 26, at my request. I couldn’t stand the potholes anymore. The youth work group that was supposed to clear brush in the park went to the Forest Service to work on the Mansfield Ditch Trail, which is actually a bigger priority in my opinion.
Whether the town of Silt wants to admit or not, River Park is indeed the busiest, most-used park. Every weekend the parking lot is packed with rafters, fisherman, and dog walkers. During the week the traffic is lighter but steady, all day every day.
To deal with one of the problem areas, a narrow trail along the riverside, Tod Tibbetts cleared out a thicket and blazed an alternative route. The new trail section is marked with orange ribbons.
We plan to widen this trail section this fall sometime. Tod took this photo with his crappy Blackberry camera so it’s a little fuzzy.