Posted by: SixZeroSixOne
Done...not sure what Metros processes are.
Do they walk thru the trail themselves and detail the specific work they want a trail builder to do, or do they sub-contract out the entire trail upkeep to a trail builder and take a more hands-off approach?
Anyway, I've asked whether they can share the plans for CBC- I don't want to go in guns blazing to start off with!
The processes Metro uses are varied.
They sometimes do their own walk-throughs that are primarily focused on environmental impact of the trail, but also safety, and signage.
For trails permitted with NSMBA (TNT/Cabin, Corkscrew, Dale's, Forever After, High School, west end of Bridle Path), the NSMBA builders conduct their own walk-through and submit a trail assessment and work plan to Metro for the trails they are responsible for (e.g. I look after Dale's and Corkscrew and Bridle). We then do a walk through with a Metro staff member to discuss the proposed work plan and make adjustments if appropriate. The NSMBA builders then can do the work approved in the work plan and submit work reports as the work is completed. Usually if replacing a wood feature, this merits its own separate walk through to discuss the design and sourcing of wood etc (e.g. there was a bridge at the top of Ned's that a few of us replaced a year or so ago).
Sometimes Metro also hires contractors, both to do trail work and to complete trail assessments and work plans. Metro isn't always very good at communicating with the NSMBA.
I'm not on the NSMBA board anymore, but I do know that IMBA Canada was hired to create a proposal for TNT/Cabin. And recently IMBA, Metro, and the NSMBA builders did a walk through for it.
I'm not sure exactly what process they have set up for CBC, so I think that's an excellent question to have asked them. :-)