Mountain bikers to the rescue

BY TIM HENNAGIR
MONTICELLO TIMES

Mountain biker riding over rocky terrain, view from below
Mountain bike enthusiasts are helping enhance a challenge course at Montivew Park.

One of Monticello’s newest parks is getting a maintenance helping hand from a volunteer group of singletrack mountain bike lovers. Monticello City Council members recently approved a no-cost agreement with a group called DirtWirx that will help bring additional improvements to the challenge course at Montiview Park, said Parks Superintendent Tom Pawelk.

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According to Pawelk, the agreement is similar to the arrangement with MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) to maintain the single-track mountain bike trails within the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park. “That agreement has worked well for all parties and we expect the same with this group at Montiview Park,” Pawelk stated in a background memo. The Monticello Parks Commission is supportive of the agreement. All DirtWirz improvements built on city of Monticello lands will remain the property of the city, Pawelk said. City staff maintains the right to approve all final trail designs and alignments. DirtWirx volunteers will maintain the single track trail. The agreement specifi es procedures for this process. According to Pawelk, as part of ongoing park maintenance, DirtWirx will submit a schedule identifying a minimum timetable for trail observation, inspection and events. This includes providing the city with recommendations on closing and reopening trails as conditions warrant. All construction and maintenance completed by DirtWirx will be coordinated with the city park maintenance supervisor, who will serve as a trail steward. in return, DirtWirx will receive acknowledgement on the trailhead kiosk, and DirtWirx will be allowed to have information at the trailhead.