Outdoor group clears trails, sets signs at park

Friday, November 9, 2007

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Lake Leatherwood City Park received some special attention last Saturday as a group of Eureka Springs locals gathered for a service project.

The Eureka Springs Outdoor Alliance (ESOA), a newly formed group of outdoor enthusiasts, organized the project and are planning to organize other projects around the Eureka Springs area.

Focusing primarily on maintenance of trails, 11 volunteers logged more than 45 hours during Saturday's effort.

Work crews cleared deadfall that blocked trails throughout the park, groomed the Miner's Rock Trail, and picked up the small amount of trash on the trails.

Several new signs were put up, as well as trail blazes on the new Lost Ridge Trail and the existing Beecham Trail.

On Sunday, ESOA members reaped the fruits of their labor during an informal day of activities at the park. Some group members spent the day on the lake in their kayaks, while others spent time mountain biking the trails throughout the park.

If you are interested in building outdoor community in Eureka Springs through service projects and social activities, please attend the next ESOA meeting on Thursday Nov. 15. Contact Nick Cross at (479) 244-5775. Photo on Page 10

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