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NPS Seeks Input on Proposed Bridge at Morgan Falls

The National Parks Service Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has begun the Environmental Assessment for a proposed bridge across the Chattahoochee River at the Morgan Falls Dam at the Cobb and Fulton County borders. The bridge would be constructed as a free span bridge over the Chattahoochee River and would connect visitors to the Sandy Springs' Great Park at Morgan Falls with National Park Service land in Cobb County below Hyde Farm. This bridge would link into existing and proposed trails that might one day make it possible for walkers and cyclists to go from Cobb County to Forsythe County on a network of dirt and paved trails. The NPS is accepting comments on the proposed bridge through May 27, 2009. You can email comments to CHAT_superintendent@nps.gov.

Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits SORBA-Tallahassee

SORBA-Tallahassee hosted a weekend with the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew on March 28-29, 2009. IMBA’s Kelly and Collins Bishop were on hand to assist SORBA-Tallahassee members with several trail projects, ranging from trail maintenance to the construction of a completely new section of the Redbug Trail. After meeting up on Saturday with Ken Foster (SORBA-Tallahassee president), Chuck Goodheart (Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department Trail Supervisor) and a group of dedicated SORBA-Tallahassee volunteers, everyone headed out onto the trails at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.

IMBA TCC coming to Sope Creek on April 18

IMBA Trail Care Crew to visit Chattahoochee River on April 18

On April 18 the IMBA Trail Care Crew will be at Cochran Sholes / Sope Creek, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), to help in our efforts to
complete the finishing work on approximatly 2 miles of trail realignments. This project is being executed under the authority of the
National Park Service (NPS) and we are strengthening our 20 year
partnership with NPS by taking the lead on this undertaking. The new
sections of trail will be replacing badly eroded sections of the 100 year
old farm road that connects Cochran Shoals to Paper Mill Road. These
trail realignments will be built per IMBA shared-use guidelines and have been
adopted by the NPS as the standard for trailbuilding. The new sections of shared-use (run, bike, hike) trail will provide an improved experience by encorporating the IMBA standards;
better sightlines will allow users to see further ahead to avoid
potential conflicts. Furthermore, a more sustainable trail will be in
place, allowing easier maintenance and longevity for the trails.

During the IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) weekend, we will have a social
gathering on Friday night, April 17, for anyone who wants to come meet Kelly & Collins Bishop
(TCC) and have a good time. The location will be the Cavern Bar in downtown Atlanta. On Saturday, April 18, we will have brief trail
building technique sessions in an outdoor classroom, two work
party sessions happening before and after lunch, group rides, FREE LUNCH and snacks, and various PRIZES to giveaway including a FREE entry to any 2009 trail run race presented by Dirty Spokes Productions and a FREE entry to any 2009 6/12 hour mountain bike race presented by Dirty Spokes Productions — and that’s just the beginning!
 
 


Schedule:
Friday, April 17
7:00-9:00pm
 
Social at Cavern Bar | www.thecavernbar.com | 1035 North Highland Ave | Atlanta 30306

Saturday, April 18
8:00am-12 noon
 
Work Party session 1 at Sope Creek with TCC
12 noon-1:00pm
 
Lunch (free for volunteers)
1:00-5:00pm
 
Work Party session 2 at Sope Creek with TCC
 
Both sessions of the WP's will include a brief outdoor classroom session pertaining to the type of work that we will be doing on the trail for that session.  There will be giveaways on both Friday night and Saturday.

***IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SATURDAY***

Please bring your bike and helmet as we will be working on the
new trail sections at Death Valley. We will stage tools near the
worksite so you won’t have to carry them in, but in order to maximize
our time, it will be faster if you can ride to/from the worksite with
your crew leader.  If you do not have a bike, please contact Charles at
clmyrickjr@gmail.com ASAP to
make arrangements. We encourage all users to come help and there are
options we can employ to get you to the worksite if you are not a
mountain biker.

If you can help in any of the following ways, please contact Charles Myrick at clmyrickjr@gmail.com

  •  Certified trail crew leader
  •  Public Relations at the car parks
  •  Set up / tear down of tents, tables, chairs, etc

As you go about your day to day business, please call, email, or
stop by in person and thank the following businesses who are graciously
sponsoring our events with the IMBA Trail Care Crew this weekend at
Sope Creek, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA):

55nine Performance www.55nineperformance.com

Atlanta Cycling www.atlantacycling.com

Atlanta Outfitters www.atlantaoutfitters.com

Cavern Bar www.cavernbar.com

Dirty Spokes Productions www.dirtyspokes.com

Free Flite Bicycles www.freeflite.com

Performance Bicycle Shops www.performancebike.com

REI www.rei.com

Rockledge Apartments www.rockledgeatl.com

These sponsors have contributed their support in the way of product,
space use, or money to help make this weekend successful and it’s very
important to us that you show them your appreciation for their
contributions.

Thank you Sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you!


Other upcoming events at Sope Creek include:
  •  Partnering with REI on a work party (early April)
  •  National Trails Day events, partnering with NPS (June 6)
  •  Weekly group mountain bike rides (Thursdays starting March 19)
  •  River work party on May 2 to help NPS with river interpretive trail signage
  •  Ribbon Cutting event on August 1

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