Patriots Path Hike in Chester on June 6, 2015

A guided hike will take place on Saturday, June 6th on the Patriots Path white blaze trail segment that runs between Furnace Road and Tanners’ Brook Road, in Chester, NJ.  Participants should park in the parking lot at the corner of Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road (which is marked with a ‘Hunter’s Parking’ sign).   The hike will begin in the parking lot at 9:00 am, and will be about a mile and a half in total length over generally pleasant terrain.  Hikers should wear sturdy shoes since several stretches of the trail have exposed rocks and pass over piles of sharp-edged slag from the furnace operation.   Bug spray would also be helpful, given several nearby stretches of swampy ground.

The trail walk will go alongside of the site of the historic Chester Furnace, a state-of-the-art facility from the late 1800’s that processed ore from local mines into rectangular ingots of high-carbon ‘pig iron’.  In addition to pointing out the surviving artifacts from the Furnace operation, the hike will also pass by the site of the ill-fated Lake Takene resort community and train station.  At a leisurely pace, the walk+talk should last about 90 minutes or less.

Leader: Bruce Clark. Call to sign up (862) 812-7668 or email him at bruce.randolph.clark@gmail.com.

Two Kids’ Mountain Bike Races in May at Parker Road Preserve

1.   U19/ Youth Mountain Bike Race at Parker Rd Preserve

May 2 @ 9:00 AM12:30 PM

10th Annual Team Bulldog Mountain Bike Race, and NJ State High School and Middle
School Mountain Bike Championships, will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. These races are for kids in kindergarten through High School. The races start at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at Parker Road Preserve, located at 20 Parker Road in Chester Township. Kids will race against others in their age groups with the final race going off at noon.  More details at 19race.teambulldog.com, or in flyer below. For questions, contact Tom by email at tom@teambulldog.com.

2.   Marty’s Youth Mountain Bike Challenge at Parker Rd Preserve

May 9 @ 9:00 AM12:30 PM

Marty’s Youth Mountain Bike Challenge is mountain bike racing for kids in kindergarten all the way through High School. The races start at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at Parker Road Preserve, located at 20 Parker Road in Chester Township. Kids will race against others in their age groups with the final race going off at noon. The older High School racers will do multiple laps on the 3 mile circuit with the younger children doing shorter courses depending on their age. The races are held on the newly built trails at the Parker Road Preserve and are open to all kids from grades K-12 with a knobby tired bike and helmet. Registration for the kids’ races is free with a suggested donation to the Chester First Aid Squad. Preregistration is strongly suggested and a link to registration can be found at martysreliable.com. Email any questions to Eric@martysreliable.com. For a complete schedule of the races visit martysreliable.com.

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Parker Road Preserve Mountain Bike Trails Opening 4/18

The first phase of the Parker Road Preserve trail system is complete, thanks to the hard work of volunteers. Here are a couple of events planned at the Parker Road trails:

Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m. – Grand Opening Ceremony:

Chester Township Mayor and Council members will be on hand for a ribbon cutting and to officially open the trails of a recreational gem in the heart of our community–The Parker Road Preserve. 

Following the ribbon cutting, starting at around 9:30, we will hold a youth mountain bike clinic and a pre-ride of the race loops for the youth mountain bike races we will be holding at the park on May 2nd and May 9th.

Saturday, May 2nd – Team Bulldog/Cycle Craft 10th Annual Youth Mtn Bike Race and NJ State High School and Middle School Mountain Biking Championships. (u19race.teambulldog.com)

Saturday, May 9th – Marty’s Youth Mountain Bike Challenge (martysreliable.com)

If you have any questions, please contact: Tom Kruse at 908-872-7940