on Saturday, 9/22, we had our first trails work party under the new 'regime'. no last-minute phone calls to remind people. no signage put out several days before to drum up local support (and guide people). no phone calls to the Park District staff. Oh, and competition from local soccer leagues.
so guess what happened? Three people showed up. Parks staff forgot. Combined with myself and Ed (the other crew leader) that makes five of us, working with whatever tools we brought, which wasn't a lot!
end result: we got a good amount of work done - finishing up the sides & surface of the trail from the main junction down to the Fort Ward fence. Maybe its better that so few showed up, we got to work in a couple of clusters, and move quickly.
also we had a chance to complain about staff once more forgetting about our regularly-scheduled work party. Even after they signed up on the mailing list.
For those of you who need a reminder or want to know where the next one is located: its always 4th Sat of the month - signup for email on http://www.bitrails.org.