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Outer Harbor MTB Trail Moves Forward with Selection of Design Firm

Written byJon Sundquist
on 15 September 2016
Outer Harbor MTB Trail Moves Forward with Selection of Design Firm

As was reported last fall, the ECHDC had scrapped the original plan for large development on the outer harbor in favor of faster, lighter, cheaper alternatives.  Thanks to ECHDC's soliciting and listening to ideas from the public, including a proposal from WNYMBA, the revised master plan (http://eriecanalharbor.com/outer-harbor/PDF/Outer_Harbor_Blueprint.pdf) included an MTB park on portions of the outer harbor land. Not much has happened publicly over the last year since the revised plan was released, as the ECHDC was working on procuring a design firm for the park and the other 5 or  improvements to be made under the new 2015 plan.  Last week, ECHDC announced the selection of Trowbridge as the design firm, and reaffirmed the MTB course to be included in the design (http://news.wbfo.org/post/mountain-bike-course-approved-buffalos-outer-harbor).  WNYMBA will remain in communication with ECHDC as this exciting new development unfolds.

Fall 2016 Trail Work Schedule Announced

Written byJon Sundquist
on 08 September 2016
Fall 2016 Trail Work Schedule Announced

It may not feel like fall yet, but it sure is getting darker faster.  That means it's time for the fall work schedule.  We hope you can make it to one or two this fall.  We have tried to schedule around major events, but do have one event on Oct. 8 (fall fest weekend) where we hope to have some boy scouts helping out.  We have events scheduled every weekend up through November.  See you on the trails!   Web page calendar Link Meetup Link (same info)

August 2016 meeting on August 17

Written byJon Sundquist
on 09 August 2016
August 2016 meeting on August 17

Our August meeting will be August 17 @ Colden Inn @ 8:30 PM. Definitely hit the trails for riding first at Sprague Brook, then head over to Colden Inn for some fun, food, beverages, and all the latest WNYMBA happenings.  Hope to see you there! Lots going on! Hear about new trails in the works for Outer Harbor and Darien Lakes. And great new developments in the Allegheny National Forest.

Allegheny National Forest wants to open trails - Tell them you agree!!

Written byJon Sundquist
on 20 July 2016
Allegheny National Forest wants to open trails - Tell them you agree!!

Below is the text of a press release today from IMBA (meaning its chapters WNYMBA and NAMBA, with assistance from our regional rep Anthony Duncan). The TL;DR version is this: The Forest Service is proposing to open some trails (12 miles!) just south of Allegany State Park that are now closed to bikes. Wilderness groups oppose this. The proposed plan will not be implemented unless you contact the forest service with your support at this e-mail address: comments-­eastern-­allegheny-­This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakcae0673fe59f362c5a79e91bfbc19cb5').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addycae0673fe59f362c5a79e91bfbc19cb5 = 'bradford' + '@'; addycae0673fe59f362c5a79e91bfbc19cb5 = addycae0673fe59f362c5a79e91bfbc19cb5 + 'fs' + '.' + 'fed' + '.' + 'us'; var addy_textcae0673fe59f362c5a79e91bfbc1...

Erie County Parks Master Plan receives funding

Written byJon Sundquist
on 18 July 2016
Erie County Parks Master Plan receives funding

As you read elsewhere, WNYMBA has been tracking the upcoming re-write of the Erie County Parks Master Plan.  Last time around (2002-2003), WNYMBA worked hard to get Hunters Creek open to bikes (did you know that bikes were not allowed there until 2002?!) and got into the plan to go-ahead to develop the trail system at Sprague. We hope to be just as involved this time around, and have equally great results, hopefully opening up a new park for bike access and trail construction.  As the article linked below indicates, the county is looking towards passive recreation alternatives, and MTB fits the bill.  We have worked well with the county the past 15 years and hope to continue this with next master plan.  Read/listen to more about it here: http://news.wbfo.org/post/erie-county-funding-new-master-plan-parks

July 2016 meeting on July 20

Written byJon Sundquist
on 14 May 2016
July 2016 meeting on July 20

Our July meeting will be July 20 @ Colden Inn @ 8:30 PM. Definitely hit the trails for riding first at Sprague Brook, then head over to Colden Inn for some fun, food, beverages, and all the latest WNYMBA happenings.  Hope to see you there! Lots going on! Hear about new trails in the works for Outer Harbor and Darien Lakes.

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