There has been some complaints, discussion and mouth smacking about the last Alafia workday and problems with what was done on the option being built inside of Rollercoaster. I went there today to see with my own eyes what the hoopla was all about and met Art there. We walked it and discussed what was going on with it. We were actually able to only identify one area that wasn't looking like it fit the whole idea of a harder fun trail and it can be easily fixed with the realignment of the way the board will shore up the edge.
There were a couple of spots that could be considered "wide" as it sits now, but bear in mind it is far from a finished trail. The actual line will be established and the peripheral edges will narrow up. This base of a trail is what is initially needed to make a sustainable trail hold up against the harsh treatment that multiple users, inexperienced riders and busy weekends and/or weekday users can administer on a popular trail system.
Alafia, being so popular, gets more than it's share of destructive tendencies doled out by the many cyclists that hit it every day. In my view the complaints about "4 foot wide" were unwarranted as this is an unfinished trail, and once completed the sustainable base will be covered and a fine line or path will evolve just as the base of a wonderful landscaping job is put in before the vegetation that hides it.
We are quite lucky to have some very talented individuals involved who use a wide variety of experience and knowledge both for the layout and long term finished product of a trail design in mind with all of the trails that we build for the masses. As with any structure a solid base must first be established or put in place in order for the structure to hold, and this trail is no different.
I trust this answers any concerns that anyone has about the way things are done in regards to the long term effect of what we do as trail builders in seeing to the longevity and subsequent minimum maintenance of our trails, as we will continue to do our best to learn, correct, and prepare with each and every new trail that we build.
SWAMP Club President