Sprague Brook is a great WNYMBA success story. While we have been riding there since WNYMBA's start in 1992, the riding options were limited to just the XC Ski loop and some short Snowmobile trails that were often quite muddy. However, the park had tons of potential.
In 2002, the Erie County Parks department started a master planning process for all the parks in the system. This was the opportunity. WNYMBA lobbied the parks department to include new trails -- to be open to bikes -- in the master plan. Because of our efforts, the plan included (see page 3 of the plan here) new trails to be open to bikes.
Of course, that was just the start. We then scouted new trails, and submitted this proposal for the initial loops:
This proposal was submitted in 2004 and we started the construction work in 2005 after it's approval. With the addition of the skunk ridge trail and some other connectors, the trail system is now complete. However, while we routed the trails along the best drained sections available, there are still some areas that need constant maintenance, so keep an eye on those maintenance days!
Plans for Spring 2011
Sprague Brook remains one of WNYMBA's best success stories. With a network of trails planned, built, and maintained, the park has become popular beyond our wildest dreams. The full extent of the planned trail construction in the park is complete; remaining terrain in the park is not well suited for new trails due to drainage issues.
Although the new trail construction is complete, the park remains in need of continuing maintenance due to its incredible popularity.
Trails in good shape Sun afternoon- plenty of riders out. I removed both trees blocking downhill section.
Sprague Brook Conditions
Trails in good shape this afternoon- some mud spots and two trees down on downhill. Ist one is broken off at 90 angle and a small saw will clear (forgot mine) small go around is forming 2nd one is bigger and will need a bowsaw or chainsaw to clear- hike a bike
did the big loop counter clockwise out of the xc warming hut area then picked up the tail end of the race loop, then creekside and skunk. Fabulous conditions although I suppose the rain last night/this am are going to have changed things some. A group of trail runners was all I saw then someone jumped on the trail just as I was leaving.
Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.
Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.