The old wooden steps at Huguenot Flatwater are gone. The wood steps were rotted out and past their service life. As part of a two-day work project at Huguenot, JROC volunteers and JRPS Staff cleared invasive plant species, cleaned up, and installed new stone steps. Access to modern equipment only helped so much. The backhoe was unable to place the stones are the bottom of the stairs so we went old school, moving the large stones with steel rods and muscle. As we neared the top the backhoe could be used to place the stones but there was still a lot of manual adjusting.
These steps should provide reliable service to park users for decades, if not centuries. The stone was acquired from elsewhere in the park so this was a easy, read cheap, win for JRPS. The new steps should be completed in the near future. I will update this post when I hear more, but there were one or two more stones that needed to be placed to finish the project. At some point in the future, a handrail will also be installed. Thank you to all volunteers who showed up. Also a big thank you to JRPS staff for your continued dedication to improving the park.