Trail is in great shape! Ride it!
Please note that our partners from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) are out on the trail the next few weeks (usually Monday-Friday, within the hours 9-4), adding new signs and arrows, fixing a few problem spots, and adding some more benches. They've already done a ton of trimming and raking, and the trail is in fantastic shape. Even the 2 reroutes on the east side are packing in nicely after being a bit soft in the spring.
There is an ash tree down before the exit to the sidewalk on Joy Rd, easily cyclocrossed over or hopped by the more skilled. Might be able to keep half of it in place and build a log pile. Keep an eye out for other opportunities for fun trail features like that.
Also attended a community forum last night hosted by the City Parks & Rec and the Friends of Rouge Park (rougepark.org) and led by the National Park Service. Originally they were going to help with some pocket parks (parks/playgrounds within a park), but there are already several nice and recently updated playgrounds in the park, and the overwhelming cry from the community of park users and neighbors was:
More, hiking, biking, mountain biking, paved, natural surface, accessible, kid-friendly, beginner, low profile, elevated boardwalk, advanced, etc.
It looks like a first project that could possibly come of this input process is a small track or loop that could be used by families and beginners. A pump track might be an aspect of this. More details to come!