Capacity: 125 (100% booked)
Raking is fun! Raking is good for the trails! Raking is good for the streams!
Join this great family-friendly stewardship event. We will rake at least 10 miles of trail in Forest Park at four different sites. Raking the leaves makes the trails safer to use and reduces run off into the streams. Sign up below!
When: Saturday, November 18th from 9am - 12pm
Where: Multiple sites in Forest Park. Email Zac, if you'd like a site accessible by with public transit.
Dress for the weather and bring water. We provide tools, gloves, snacks, and plenty of leaves to rake!
Thanks to our sponsors:
Rakes donated by:
Want to know more about why we rake the trails? Our Trails Manager, Ryan Graig explains:
Over many years of monitoring, maintenance crews in Forest Park have found that our heavily used trails within the park require a certain recipe of tasks
to reduce trail erosion. Raking regularly to remove leaves and other organic matter along with the addition of crushed stone and tread-reshaping techniques
help provide a durable, well-drained trail surface that can sustain heavy use during our long wet winters. This is because trails in steep wet areas
such as ours need a layer of durable surface soil that has a relatively high concentration of angular stone in order to shed ground and surface water
while remaining structurally stable through periods of heavy use and rainfall.
Removing leaves from the trail surface ensures that no extra water is being trapped on the trail. Once water pools on the trail, the specific soil type present in Forest Park becomes saturated and unstable, especially with heavy traffic. This process leads to increased trail erosion, muddy trails, mud holes, and very slippery conditions. Raking helps us maintain Forest Park’s trails ensuring they are safe for users and good for the environment.