The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew Donate a Staircase
September 15, 2016
The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew is a volunteer nonprofit organization that provides technical trail maintenance and construction, particularly stonework, to public parks and forests throughout the eastern United States. They have worked extensively in PIPC parks including Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

The Jolly Rovers recently worked along the Ellenville Ice Caves Trail in Sam's Point to rehabilitate a large stone staircase. In partnership with the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the Jolly Rovers provided safe and visually inspiring access through a difficult portion of their historic ice caves. This newly rehabilitated staircase will not only improve sustainable access but the overall experience for the ten's of thousands of visitors that frequent the site annually.

"Working within the tight confines of the cave has been a true catalyst for creativity. Rocks are getting flown out from the darkness using tripods and ziplines that navigate the narrow and winding cave walls. Once deposited, their transformation from a pile of rock into this staircase has been done with so much care and pride, that the result truly reflects the individual passion each of our volunteers have for this unique craft. - Chris Ingui - Executive Director, Jolly Rovers Trail Crew

Thank you to the Rovers for their work making this popular trail beautiful, safe, and accessible!