Blue Marsh Trails Restoration Project (BMTR Project)
Berks County, Pennsylvania
The BMTR Project will fully advocate for outdoor recreation, specifically- the sport of mountain biking, ensure diverse and inclusive participation from all riders and interested persons regardless of age or ability, and will ultimately serve to benefit the entire community.
The BMTR Project will advance the sport of Mountain Biking by including:
*Multiple loops which are open to the public and inclusive for all ages and abilities
*Newly restored trails that will create an exceptional venue for after-school, non-competitive mountain bike programs for
marginalized youth from the poverty-stricken city of Reading
*A “first-of-its-kind” in Berks County bike skills area.
*Trails used for NICA team practice and we anticipate hosting the local and the State NICA competitions utilizing the newly
Focus on diversity, inclusion, and equality:
BAMBA embraces diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, age, socioeconomic status, and outdoor experience and ability. We consistently develop initiatives, events, trainings and more to create a culture of inclusiveness, collaborative practice, and innovation in the outdoor recreation and education field. We recognize that there is an "adventure gap" in not just Berks County or Pennsylvania- but across the nation. Many demographic and socioeconomic groups are underrepresented in outdoor recreation and education. To close this gap, BAMBA welcomes people from all communities into the sport of mountain biking and our membership and encourages them to participate in the association and in the sport of mountain biking. We strive to reduce the barriers faced by individuals through direct outreach and other means. We have established an expectation of mutual respect in the interactions that occur within our organization and continue to be an advocacy and education centered organization that values the perspectives and contributions of all people. To that end, EVERY phase of the Blue Marsh Trails
Restoration Project will be inclusive providing education and accessibility for multiple trail users and will become a premier location for Adaptive Riders!
Focus on youth participation:
The BMTR Project will expand and enhance youth mountain bike programs throughout the Greater Berks Area and across the state of PA. Both Wyomissing Area Mountain Bike Team and Twin Valley Mountain Bike Team are local NICA teams that BAMBA consistently partners with and sponsors. The BMTR Project includes a “first-of-its-kind” in Berks County bike skills area that will have seating for parents and will additionally host educational programming to engage youth. The refurbished trails especially those completed in Phase 2 of the BMTR Project will be used for NICA team practice. Additionally, we anticipate hosting the local and the State NICA competitions utilizing/featuring these newly restored trails.
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