Many of the folks here know this but to reiterate. I'm home and ill and have the time to write this baloney.
We opened up the trails we groom two years ago just to see if anyone in our area would use some liberal ruled and dog friendly trails over the winter. We'd already been caring for them for the past 5+ years so then we thought we'd give grooming a shot, just as a experiment. We asked nothing from users since this was just test. Lots of people showed up, in fact the parking lot was commonly full on weekends and we heard from the sheriff telling us that our users couldn't be parking on the road. With that 1st year success, my dearest wrote for 20k in grants for parking lot improvements since its just a log landing now. Plus a mower for the trails and operational expenses. The multifaceted organization she applied to could pay for any or part of these individual items. We ended up with zero from them but we did setup a go-fund me site which took in about 1500. We find our operational cost is around 4 or 5K. We have no membership and very few volunteers who come out for work projects. We actuality think trail work is fun. Sandy does plan to reapply for the grants. Do you think we should keep it up if we don't get any???? We of course own all machines to the tune of around $50,000.