Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Trail Solutions IMBA trail building team is back on the mountain laying more trail on the ground. In November and December, the crew completed approximately 4 miles of green (easy) trail to attach to the existing 1.5 mile of green trail off the parking lot. This new trail also connects to the existing blue trail, creating an approximate 15 mile loop if you join them all together.
This new section of trail has a fun flowy downhill minus the big jumps that are on the 3.5 mile Bomb Dog downhill on the blue trail. Trail Solutions took a few weeks off for Christmas/New Years, but they are back on the mountain now adding more miles of trail. The goal is to construct an additional 9 miles of trail before June, bringing total mileage to around 24 miles. This 9 miles will include a 4 mile downhill that will dump you into a new access point/parking lot for the system near downtown Anniston. This parking area will eventually be a 10 acre bike park, complete with pump track/skills area, rest rooms, changing rooms, bike washing stations, pavilions, walking trail, and more.
This vision is to have a destination-quality access park owned and managed by the City of Anniston where the family can play while mom or dad is on the trail. Mayor Vaughn Stewart wants Anniston to be able to call itself “Bike City, Alabama.” A vote by the City Council has put the Model City closer to that goal when Council members voted unanimously to fund $450,000 worth of work to extend the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail system into Anniston and connect to a new trailhead and future park on Monsanto Road. That funding will make this 9 miles possible. Our club, NEABA-SORBA, has applied for a $30,000 Bell Helmet grant to construct more flow trail, as well. The usage of the existing modest amount of trail on the ground continues to excite local government, civic, and corporate leaders.
The parking lot today was overflowing with vehicles from multiple states and we expect that will only grow-- especially as more trails are open. The Coldwater project manager for Trail Solutions will be speaking at our next club meeting on February 12 at 6pm at the Anniston Star building. He will have slides with updated master plan maps and video. He will also answer questions from the floor. The public is invited to this meeting, so we hope you will attend--even if you are from out of town and want to drive over.
We also hope you will consider joining our club, NEABA. Your membership/affiliation with our club helps support the efforts at Coldwater. Go to www.neaba.net and follow the Join Now link and follow instructions.
Finally, we have scheduled regular volunteer work parties at Coldwater from now through the spring. They will be Sundays at 1:30pm at the existing Coldwater Mountain trailhead. Check our face book page www.facebook.com/NEABA?fref=ts and also this page. Thanks and hope to see you on the trail!