Wetlands Loop Complete — Next Up…

Dear JJTrail Supporters,

We have good news — This past weekend we reached a major milestone: Completion of the Causeway Boardwalk

Clodagh, Ciara, and Alyssa work fastening decking to the Causeway Boardwalk in September 2019.

This completes the Wetlands Loop section of the JJ Trail from the JJMS field through the wetlands, up through the Pit Field, and back to the JJMS field over the Frog Hollow Boardwalk.

A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and donors who worked hard to make it possible. The Causeway has now been added to our growing list of completed JJTrail Projects.

We have a plan for the final stages of the trail work. The work includes construction of a third big bridge (“The Championship Bridge“) and one more relatively small boardwalk (“The Final Link Boardwalk“). At the same time construction is occurring we will be working on display maps, signage, and trail marking. 

The best way to see the work and progress is to hike, walk, or run the trail. It is open to the community. JJTrail Map is here if you want to explore: http://jjtrail.org/map.

JJTrail Map detail showing locations and status of the bridge, causeway, and boardwalk structures. (Green = compete, yellow = started, orange = planned not yet started)

We are grateful for and always welcome your volunteer help on the weekends — and during the week if that works for you. We work continuously to push the project ahead. No special skills are required, we will show you what needs to be done and put everyone to work in a safe and productive way. 

Check http://instagram.com/jjtrail for the most recent photos and video, visit the main photo & video archive page, or explore the http://jjtrail.org main site for JJTrail history, maps, details, and photos. 

Our goal is to be finished with the entire project before the end of 2019. We can do that only with your help! 

“How can I help?” Email us at jjtrailrace@gmail.com to get on the “short email list” of JJTRAIL volunteers. We send weekly updates to that list for volunteering dates and times. Those emails are a lot shorter than this one ūüėČ 

“How do I donate?” You can donate via our JJTrail donation link

Once again – THANK YOU! 

See you on the trails…

–Rob Cummings


PS:

FYI: the JJTRAIL project is led by community volunteers and includes members of the John Jay Cross Country Team, the John Jay Track & Field Team, KLSD student volunteers of all ages, KLSD teachers & staff, John Jay Coaches, and senior class interns. We could not have progressed as far as we have gotten without the fantastic support of the John Jay Boosters Club, the John Jay Athletic Department, KLSD Operations & Maintenance, the Town of Lewisboro, the Lewisboro Trails Committee, and the Katonah-Lewisboro School District Administration.

Donors:

A big THANK YOU to our generous community donors! Donors will be recognized at the trail official opening and on the trails. Date of the “official opening” is TBD — but you will certainly hear about it! 

We plan to¬†finish¬†the JJTrail project¬†by the end of 2019¬†and we are just over halfway to our Fall Finish Fundraiser goal of $4,000. We project this will allow us to complete the trails, bridges, boardwalks, trail markings, and signage for the end of 2019. Any¬†donations¬†you can make are appreciated — and every amount gets us closer to the goal. The JJ Boosters Club is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts are generally tax deductible.¬†Matching gifts¬†are also welcome. Let us know if you need help getting a matching gift processed.

DONATE HERE (you don’t need to register for the race to donate now)

SPONSORS: Check out our wonderful and generous race SPONSORS here. Our sponsors help underwrite the costs of the race and we couldn’t put it on without them! 

If you are interested in becoming — or returning as — a sponsor for the 3rd Annual JJTrail Race on Sunday, April 19, 2020, please let us know at jjtrailrace@gmail.com. We will be having our largest event to date in 2020 — and the JJTrail Races will be the inaugural event for the completed trail system.

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