Construction Continues on the Picnic Shelter at the Barrens

posted May 31, 2018, 7:30 PM by Larry Leef   [ updated May 31, 2018, 7:35 PM ]

May 14, 2018 - Yesterday we worked from 9am to 3:30pm on the picnic shelter with a break for spaghetti lunch at my place. As you can see in the photo, we used the DNR tractor to lift the long trusses into place. Gary is running the tractor, Mark is on the left positioning a ladder, and my neighbor Duane Arneson who I recruited is steadying the truss as they tend to swing around a lot. It was a great day for construction, cool and cloudy in the afternoon. As you can see we got a lot done, but 6 hours is about all of us older guys can take in one day. More bracing is needed, but we're getting close to putting the steel roofing panels on. Two more good outings should do it. We want it ready for use for the June 9th event, “Explore the Beautiful, Bountiful Barrens.”


Note to Jed: Thanks for use of the tractor, it would have taken twice as long without it, and it was a lot safer than using ladders.

In the photo below, it's Gary high up on the picnic shelter nailing down a purlin brace to tie the trusses together. Gary is the "brains" behind the project as he's the one with experience. The rest of us are basically helpers.

Submitted by Vern Drake