At the March 18th City Council meeting the Auburn City Council approved a resolution authorizing the use of up to $100,000 in repaid Urban Development Action Grants as an interim loan to assist the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP) in expanding the mountain biking trails at Chewacla State Park. The City’s Revolving Loan Fund Program was created in 1986 to utilize repayments of Urban Development Action Grant Funds to assist in the generation of local economic activity and in community and economic revitalization and reclamation. The loan will provide for short-term cash flow to begin the project, which will ultimately be reimbursed through a State of Alabama Recreation Trails Program Grant.
CAMP plans to build up to 8.5 additional miles of mountain bike optimized multi-use trails in Chewacla State Park. The trails will be built using International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) standards of trail design and will be constructed by professional trail builders and local volunteers.The additional trails will be built by a professional trail builder with support from volunteer forces. Included in the work will be maintenance and repair of the existing mountain biking trails at Chewacla.
The trail project supports the growing sport of mountain biking, in which Alabama is becoming a destination location. Tourism and related events created by mountain biking trails have been shown to have the potential for a significant economic impact not only in parks, but in host communities. The success of the trails and the visitors they’ve brought to Chewacla was a major topic of discussion at a well-attended public meeting held by Alabama State Parks in Auburn earlier this year.
“The City is proud to partner with this group of community minded volunteers and passionate enthusiasts for mountain biking. The partnership with Chewacla and CAMP will benefit both cycling and tourism in Auburn and the State of Alabama,” said Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr.