Trail Construction Grant ($$) still on track for Allegany: Updates

As you may recall, WNYMBA announced last year that in partnership with Allegany State Park, a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant was made to construct the new Stone Tower Trail at Allegany.  The grant is for about $95,000, but the terms of the grant is that we have to match 20% in funds and/or volunteer labor.  We are on the hook for between $18K and $19K.  That is where the IMBA Digin Campaign came into play last year.  Perhaps you recall this, but here is the link annoucing it: http://www.wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=842:dig-in-campaign-and-the-stone-tower-trail-at-asp&catid=70&Itemid=451  Thanks to you all, we raised thousands of dollars that will go towards the match.  We have also been raising money through raffles and other events, but will have to make a major push again in the next year to raise more for our match.

We also plan to use volunteer labor towards the match.  Unfortunately, the considerable number of hours we have already spent on this trail won't count because they were prior to award.  We have workers standing by, including Greg Snow with his excavator (yeah Greg!) ready to go, but we have to hold off until it the period opens up for this to count towards the match.  

But in summary, this grant, and this trail (the portion in the very center of the image above - the existing ASP trails, including the new thunder run is on the left, and a future Stone Tower expansion all the way to just above the Salamanca Casino - phase 2 - is in the lower right) is a definite go.  WNYMBA wants everyone who contributed to know that this funding you contributed is still there and will be put towards this new trail.  We have been in constant consultation with the Park, and they are putting the finishing touches on the extensive paperwork needed for this grant.  Once that paperwork is in place, the Park will hire someone similar to the firm (Dirt Artisans) who built Jakes Rocks to come in and build most of the trail, with WNYMBA building the rest as part of the match.  The Park indicated that they expect the time when volunteer match will be eligible should be in a month or so, so look for volunteer opportunities to come at that time.  And until then, raising the total of $18K+ will be a challenge, even with the volunteer labor and the digin campaign, so anyone out there who wants to help us meet this goal, please contact our treasurer Joe Crumlish about a donation.

This trails is going to be awesome, and it is definitely going to happen.  Time to get excited!

Exciting 2018 Season

Hey WNYMBAers!

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This summer is jam-packed with events, clinics, camping weekends, group rides, and parties.  It's almost too good to be true! 

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2019 Bike Swap and Sale

 I'm pleased to say the 2019 WNYMBA Bike swap, in partnership with our great friends at GOBike Buffalo, is on 14-Apr-2019! Get ready to find your new or used bike for the 2019 biking season at the WNYMBA Swap and Sale.  Meet other MTB, Tri, Cruiser, BMX, & Road bikers from around WNY, hang out, feast on food, listen to a live DJ rock the house knowing that all proceeds from this event fund WNYMBA's mission of building and maintaining WNY's largest network of shared greenspace trails. If you hike, bike, walk, ski, and/or snowshoe in WNY we need your support. Education sessions and mobile repair by GObike! Oh yeah and we'll be giving away great prizes all day!

So dust off that old bike and bring it down to the swap and we'll work all day to sell for you!

What:

  • Bike shops selling new & used bikes
  • Vendors selling bike accessories
  • Used bike corral (sell your old bike or buy a "new to you" bike, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for details)
  • Live DJ spinning tunes
  • Food & drinks for sale
  • Hang out & meet other riders
  • Family atmosphere
  • Education sessions and mobile repair by GObike!
  • Mountain & road bikes
  • And the  Flea market

The Flea Market: We'll have the flea market.  Bring up to 10 Bike related items  to sell. Have an old set of wheels, shifters, brakes, whatever? Bring them to the swap and we'll set them up in the flea market to sell. If we sell them 15% of any sale goes to support the club and rest goes into your pocket. Great value proposition, you recycle stuff, declutter your space,  put money in your pocket, and support WNY trails. Everybody wins! Follow this link How do I sell my stuff at the SWAP?

WHEN:

Sunday, April 14, 2019

12:00PM  to 5:00 PM

WHERE:

   Flying Bison Brewing

   840 Seneca St.

   Buffalo, NY 14210

Vendor Space options: 

  • Table $80 (limited floor space)
  • Double Space Approx. 15x15’ – two tables, $300 **

** up to 20% of the fee can be paid in merchandise for door prize raffle

Contact Joe Crumlish 716.5793732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Allegany Work Weekend cancelled due to snow.


coasterThat picture to the left is the web cam at Holiday Valley.  I use that to check to see how much snow is down in Ellicottville.  I didn't have to do that today because Allegany called us to tell us that 4" of snow fell yesterday and more is on the way.  We have decided to cancel the work weekend because we don't want to get a huge crew out there if we weren't going to make a lot of progress.  Temps are forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend, and snow is forecast tomorrow and Sunday.  So it's with a heavy heart that we are cancelling this event this year.  Stay tuned for more news about getting the stone tower trail built.

Raffle for a New Growler Performance Bike Fat Bike Frame

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Good News WNY Fatbikers! Willo Glynn, from Growler Performance Bikes, has generously donated two Growler frames to be raffled off this winter ($700 value each). All proceeds will go to help match the 20% funds for the RTP Grant recently awarded to the Western New York Mountain Bike Association and the Parks and Trails Grant (if we get it). Both grants are for the construction of the Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park.

Raffles will be sold on Saturday, December 2nd, at Stoneyard Brewing Company (after the Global Fatbike Day Ride), on Sunday, December 3rd at Long Point State Park, at the December and January Slow Roll in Buffalo, on Saturday, January 13th, at the 3rd Annual Genesee County Park Fat Bike Ride, and during WNYMBA's February Beer Release Fundraiser.

IF you win one of the frames, Growler will give you an additional $300 off to do a complete build with your frame. What's even more awesome? Growler will give you "behind-the-scenes" access, where you can work with them, step-by-step, in building your new bike. How cool is that?!

Drawing for one frame will be at the WNYMBA beer release, and the drawing for the second frame will be in early March on Facebook Live. Both winners will receive a phone call if not present. ALL PROCEEDS go towards the Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park. Sweet!!
 
 
 

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