Dreaming Big in New England
It’s good to dream big. In fact, it’s necessary when the education and development of young minds is on the line.
The IMBA Trails Solutions team of Dan Hudson and Leslie Kehmeier recently traveled to western Connecticut to work with the great folks at South Kent School. It was the beginning of an exciting process to develop a new network of singletrack trails.
The planned trail system is part of a revitalization of SKS that includes an expanded campus and updated programs. It will serve many purposes including a way for SKS students to understand the importance of outdoor stewardship. As the trail system develops from a conceptual plan to routes on the ground, students will have the opportunity to participate in the design and construction process of sustainable trails.
Beyond the classroom, the new trails will also serve the new mountain bike team that started this year. As the face of prep sports changes across the US, it’s exciting to see yet another school offer an activity that promotes health and gets kids outside.
Dan and Leslie had the chance to ride with the club at the end of their stay. It was a great way to make the connection to those who will benefit from the trails. The enthusiasm was infectious and inspiring.
South Kent is dreaming big, knowing that their new trail system will be great. There’s no doubt it will be and it will cultivate a whole new generation of cyclists in the process.