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Project summary: Trail planning, design, construction, training and leading

Project location: Armenia

Client: Transcaucasian Trail Organization

Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Project Details: The Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) is a long distance trail that will start at the Black Sea in Georgia and continue through Armenia and into Iran. In the spring of 2017 Bellfree Contractors was hired to help with the planning and design work of segments of the TCT in Armenia’s Dilijan National Park. In June construction began with volunteer crews trained and led by Bellfree Contractors.

By the end of 2017 approximately 80 km of trail was ready for hikers. This was a combination of  repaired old roads, old trails and newly constructed trails.

In 2018 work continued on the trail with new segments added in the Vayots Dzor region.

All segments in Dilijan can be found on the HikeArmenia web site and app. The new segments in Vayots Dzor will be added soon.

Photos from the project can be viewed here: Project photos

This property had over 4000 square feet of grass. That took a lot of water to keep green and a lot of time to mow and keep it looking good. The homeowner was able to take advantage of the cash for grass rebate program and receive a $4k rebate. The rebate available for LADWP customers is now up to $3.75 per square foot for the first 1500 square feet of grass replaced with drought tolerant plants.

We can assist you with the rebate and permitting process and convert your yard or business to a drought tolerant garden. A native garden also requires much less maintenance saving you time and money.

We removed all grass and irrigation valves and lines. Drip irrigation was installed along with California Native plants. These plants once established require very little water. The garden has many different colors and wonderful scents.

This project also included real stone veneer on the house and columns, new wrought iron and vinyl fencing, two gates, second driveway, RV parking area, retaining walls, new water line sub meter and the installation of two decomposed granite paths.IMG_1100 IMG_1102 IMG_1956 IMG_1957IMG_1955

Project summary: Mustard Road Repairs

Project location: Limestone Canyon Wilderness Park

Client: Orange County Parks

Project Completion Date: January 2014

Project Details: A section of the dirt road had eroded and slid during heavy rains. We constructed several rock retaining walls with imported rock to terrace and stabilize the slope below the road. We directed the storm water away from this area by installing drainage dips on the road upslope of the problem area.





The Road had been washed away


Imported Granite Rock for Retaining Walls and Armor Drains


Grading area and moving Rocks into place


Each wall section is pitched to drain the Water across the Slope


Road is back in service


Glendale Sports Complex Trails Opening June, 1 2013

Project summary: Construction of two new trail at the Glendale Sports Complex

Project location: Glendale Sports Complex 2200 Fern Lane Glendale, CA

Client: City of Glendale

Project Completion Date: April 2013

Project Details: This project is over five years in the making. I was involved with the City of Glendale’s Trails Master Plan that began over five years ago. It was at that time the idea of these two trails was first discussed. It was very exciting to finally break ground in early December 2012.

The Catalina Verdugo Trail was funded through a grant from Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich 2009 Competitive Trails Grant Program and is administered through the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District.

View of the North Segment of the Catalina Verdugo Trail from the Ridge Motorway.

The Trail loops around the hills just above the Sports Complex. The City of Glendale has many steep difficult trails such as the trails at Brand and Duekmejian Parks for example. City officials wanted the Catalina Verdugo Trail to be an easier trail to provide a enjoyable experience for all levels of trail users.

With the steep sideslopes and difficult geology the Catalina Verdugo Trail proved to be a challenge to build.

There are three rest/view areas with benches along the trail and two of these sites will have interpretive panels in the near future.

The trail is 2 miles in length. The North trailhead is near the maintenance building and the South trailhead is behind the soccer fields.

The trail connects to an Edison dirt service road and from there it is a short steep climb to the Ridge Motorway and less than a mile to Cherry Canyon.

Mountain Do Trail

The Mountain Do Trail runs behind the soccer fields. This is a wheelchair accessible path. It has a stabilized decomposed granite surface. There are tables, benches and outdoor exercise equipment. Interpretive panels will be added in the very near future.

The Mountain Do Trail was funded by a grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for National Trails Day on June 1st.

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