WACO, Texas (KWTX) When a ledge collapsed, possibly as a result of recent rains and left boulders strewn across a Cameron Park trail popular with runners, hikers and bikers, an unheralded group of volunteers from the Waco Bicycle Club turned up to clear the way.
The men, most of whom are retired and in their 60s and 70s, have taken on the task of maintaining Cameron Park’s trails for decades, says Rusty Hansgen, who’s been a member of the club for more than 25 years.
“It’s part of our responsibility to keep our trails clean since we are riding out there frequently,” Hansgen said.
The men use jackhammers, saws and pickaxes to remove rocks and fallen trees from the trails.
“Whenever a storm comes through there will be trees somewhere that will be on the trail or there will be ‘face slapper limbs’ that when you are riding your bike hit you in the face,” club member Stanley Harris said.
“I carry a little handsaw in my bike pack and will carry it and when I am riding if I see a limb I’ll stop and cut off,” he said.
Waco Park Ranger supervisor Kim Jennings says the city is thankful for the partnership with Waco Bicycle Club and everything the volunteers do for the park.
“The Waco Bicycle Club and their members have been a staple in the trail community for many years and we are very fortunate for their time and service to City of Waco and its citizens,” Jennings said.