Trail Flow Thursday: Mega Trail Builds and More Six Figure Grants

Trail Flow Thursday is a roundup of all the mountain bike trail related news of the week including new trail builds, advocacy, and planning. Do you have trail news? Email matt@singletracks.com for possible inclusion.

Chestnut Mountain, home to Berm Park, gets $600,000 for trail and facilities development

Photo courtesy Seth Alvo.

The city of Canton, North Carolina recently secured two grants totaling $600,000 for park development at Chestnut Mountain. Singletracks readers may recall that YouTube star Seth Alvo helped raise $200,000 to build a bike park called Berm Park on the property. The bike park is already complete, and the newly secured fund will go toward building trails and additional facilities. A specific timeline for construction and opening has not been provided.

Forrest trails in Victoria set to expand thanks to $500,000AUD grant

Photo: ottodavies

The Forrest trail network in Victoria, Australia just got another $500,000AUD to go toward construction of the Barwon Flow Trails, as a part of the Victoria Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

Plans in motion for 50-mile trail system in Marinette County, Wisconsin

Marinette County is using some of their American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay for the design of 20 miles of new trail for what could ultimately be a 50-mile trail system located near the Peshtigo river in Wisconsin. IMBA’s Trail Solutions group will complete the design, and Rock Solid Trail Contracting could begin work as early as this summer.

17 miles of new MTB trails proposed for Prescott National Forest in Arizona

The USFS is seeking public comment on a proposal to construct 17 miles of new mountain bike trails in the Bean Peaks area of the Prescott National Forest. This document describes the project in detail and comments can be sent via email or mail using the contact info found here.

Pine Hill Partnership working on 2 new trails in Rutland, Vermont

Photo courtesy of Pine Hill Partnership.

The Pine Hill Partnership (PHP) is adding two new trails to Pine Hill Park, a network of trails located just west of Killington Bike Park. One of them is a half-mile in length with a jump line and will be the last trail built in the park. The PHP has dubbed it Maximum Capacity and it’s funded by a recreational trail grant.

The other new trail is called Bone Spur, named after the terrain it will be built in, according to one of the volunteers. Bone Spur is about 1,000 feet in length. The PHP expects the trails to open this fall.

Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama is probably getting a mountain bike park

A proposed bike park called RideBHM recently worked out an agreement with Red Mountain Park and could begin construction within a couple months, pending zoning approvals by the Jefferson County Commission. According to Bham Now the park plans to sell day passes and memberships for access to the downhill trails.

Bartlesville, Oklahoma approves construction of bike trail at Hudson Lake

The city of Bartlesville approved construction of a 1.2-mile, singletrack multi-use trail at Hudson Lake, with the possibility for another 2-5 miles in the future. The Oklahoma EarthBike Fellowship is spearheading volunteer efforts to complete the first phase of construction within two years or less.

$700K+ grant for trail rescue services in Bentonville

Building new mountain bike trails is expensive, and yet construction costs almost never include any of the additional, ongoing costs like maintenance and related services. Funding trail-related rescue services ain’t sexy, but the Walton Family Foundation knows it’s necessary to the tune of a $700K+ grant to the city of Bentonville’s Fire Department for additional staffing and training for trail rescue.

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