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February Great Lakes News

City of Cleveland Awarded $10,000 for Bike Park

The City of Cleveland, OH, has been selected by the IMBA Bike Park Initiative to receive up to $10,000 in planning and design assistance to develop new bike facilities at Kerruish Park. The project is in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association, an IMBA chapter. The intent of this effort is to get high-quality projects initiated through professional design assistance so that the applicant, in conjunction with IMBA’s advocacy network, can quickly proceed through permitting and toward construction.

+ Learn more about the grant and proposed project

Bike Park Proposals and Trail Extensions Region-Wide

We've been visiting with IMBA chapters and communities in multiple states working on major bike park proposals and extensive trail system developments, meaning that 2014 is shaping up to be a true game changer for the region. We've been supporting bike park projects in Cleveland, Louisville, KY, Ft. Wayne, IN, and Chicago. Also, local groups in Michigan and Indiana have plans in various different stages of development that could lead to multiple, 20-or-more mile, destination-quality trail systems.

+ Keep an eye on the IMBA Great Lakes Facebook page for regular updates on these and other projects.

Get Help for Your Bell Built Grant Application

The 2014 Bell Built-IMBA grant program is accepting applications through Feb. 28. If you have a shovel-ready project, check out the grant information and apply now! If your group wins, you could see a new pumptrack, dirt jump line or flow trail built by IMBA Trail Solutions in your community and in our region.

+ Please contact tammy [dot] mebane [at] imba [dot] com (Tammy Mebane), Great Lakes Associate Region Director, if you wish to discuss a project in the region.

Indiana Trail Summit a Success!

We saw a great turnout at the Indiana Trail Summit on Saturday Feb. 8 at Brown County State Park (BCSP) in Nashville, IN. The roundtable discussion included Dan Bortner, Director of Indiana State Parks; John Seifert, Director of Indiana State Forests; Alex Stewart, Spectrum Trail Designs; Andy Williamson, Great Lakes Region Director (IMBA); and Paul Arlinghaus, President of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association.

The panelists shared their perspectives on trail development in the state of Indiana, followed by a Q&A from the more than 50 attendees, which consisted of trail users, parks staff and local residents.

With many new IMBA chapters coming on board from around the state, there were several questions about developing new state park trail systems, with focus on Yellowwood State Forest, O’Bannon Woods, BCSP, Versailles, Chain O’Lakes, Harmonie, Salamonie Lake, and a few others. The day wrapped up with Indiana State Parks presenting a letter of approval to move forward on the next phase of trails at Brown County State Park, which will be a part of the upcoming Bell Built Grant application.

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