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|Fisher Farm. The club negotiated a contract with the adjacent landowner (Mr. Fisher himself!) to access additional acreage to expand this trail by over a mile. REI provided a $7,000 grant (yea, them again!!) to pay for the mechanized trail cut as well as needed bridging. Mark laid out an aggressive trail line, Water bOb sliced the dirt, boulders were moved and volunteers dressed the trail. Yet to finish are several ravine crossings, signage and final touches. Look for the new mileage to open in the first quarter ’10. This addition will not only enhance the everyday ride experience at Fisher, but also expand the ability to use this trail for training, racing and skills events which are very well accommodated and attended in this “event friendly” setting.
Lakewood Neighborhood Skills Park & Trail. The Trailblazers helped negotiate a contract between Trips For Kids and Ben Blitch’s B-4 Construction to build this pump track – skills area – and skills enhanced trail for the Lakewood neighborhood kids. This was done with a grant provided by REI (again!!). The club provided heavy machinery, logistical support, volunteers to assist with the build and will manage ongoing maintenance. This facility was designed to coordinate with a proposed single track trail to be developed as the Lakewood Neighborhood Association finalizes its plans for a greatly enlarged community park.
Signal Hill Trail. The North side members have significantly expanded and enhanced this Statesville favorite and are negotiating for an additional trail in the area that would tie together with Signal Hill via the existing greenway. Lots of grant writing and other trail activity going on up North!
New Trail Completed in 2009: 11.5 miles
Total Trails Built and under Maintenance Contract: 75 miles
Trail Approved or Underway: 9.7 miles
Proposed Trail Under Negotiation: 22 miles
On behalf of the Executive Officers of the Club, I want to thank our extended board members, all of the local bike shops and our other club sponsors (the Dirt Divas, REI, Lomax Tile, Heartwood Tree Service, Charlotte Sports Cycling, Trips For Kids and The Regulators among many others…) for their continued support.
I also want to give a special thanks to all of the trail workers who get dirty building, improving and maintaining our trails. I’d like to name names, but I know I’d leave too many out. You all are special – without you, none of this happens!
PLEASE JOIN or REJOIN the Tarheel Trailblazers. If you can, please give a few extra dollars and take advantage of your employer’s charitable contribution match program. We are a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and your donations are tax deductable. Also, plan to do at least a little trail work (you won’t regret it!), and if you have the inclination – please add your talent or time to help advance our goals. Let me or any of our Executive Officers or Trail Coordinators know if you can spend a few hours helping with grant writing, event planning, membership drives, leading a ride or using your map making, website or other technical skills. We’ll plug you in and it won’t hurt!
Don’t forget, ask your friends and riding buddies to join the club! You’d be surprised how many people are just WAITING to be asked.
Thank you sincerely for your continued support.
President, Tarheel Trailblazers
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