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50 in 5?

Postby choppe » January 29th, 2011, 7:51 am

Saw something about it on Fox 17 last night. Any more info?
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby RickPlite » January 29th, 2011, 8:47 am

Nate Phelps, President of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association and Martin Hall President of the Western MMBA announced an exciting new initiative called "Fifty in Five" The goal of establishing 50 miles of new trail in the next 5 years for our chapter. Projects in discussion include Stanaback Park in Kentwood, The Grand Loop in Grand Rapids, Bass River expansion, Ionia expansion, 10 Mile Landfill, Shore Acres in Saugatuck, Big Prairie at Hardy Dam, Ottawa Co trails, Spring Lake Lake trails and Manistee Co. trails. Need a lot of volunteers! Are you ready? :D
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby ignition16 » January 29th, 2011, 4:18 pm

I'm in. When do we start?

Also, is there any more that can be disclosed about these new trails / additions?
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby RickPlite » January 29th, 2011, 4:26 pm

ignition16 wrote:I'm in. When do we start?

Also, is there any more that can be disclosed about these new trails / additions?


Hope to start a few projects this spring. There really isn't anything else to disclose, all the locations mentioned are being worked on. Not sure what each location will offer us yet
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby trout_smith » January 29th, 2011, 11:35 pm

I think I remember the Hardy Dam project being 30 miles on it's own. Is that 30 miles of MTB trail, or all-purpose, or what? Or was I mistaken about the distance.

I keep watching for Stanaback Park info too, since I work close to there.

There are still ongoing talks with Owasippe managers too, as far as I know.
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby RickPlite » January 30th, 2011, 7:52 am

trout_smith wrote:I think I remember the Hardy Dam project being 30 miles on it's own. Is that 30 miles of MTB trail, or all-purpose, or what? Or was I mistaken about the distance.

I keep watching for Stanaback Park info too, since I work close to there.

There are still ongoing talks with Owasippe managers too, as far as I know.


yes, Hardy Dam is 30-40 miles of multi-use trail. Hike, bike and ski. No horses.
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby choppe » February 6th, 2011, 4:24 pm

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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby SlowPoke » February 7th, 2011, 11:09 pm

RickPlite wrote:Need a lot of volunteers! Are you ready? :D


Even though my volunteer hours are getting spread a bit thin these days with other commitments, I plan on helping with the Bass River trail.

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking about Bass as it is now, but from what Tom tells me, it could be very cool. How cool would it be to ride Bass and get in some hills?

Count me in.
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby purple helmet » February 8th, 2011, 12:35 pm

SlowPoke wrote:
RickPlite wrote:Need a lot of volunteers! Are you ready? :D


Even though my volunteer hours are getting spread a bit thin these days with other commitments, I plan on helping with the Bass River trail.

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking about Bass as it is now, but from what Tom tells me, it could be very cool. How cool would it be to ride Bass and get in some hills?

Count me in.


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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby cramer » February 11th, 2011, 12:35 pm

We should put up one of those graphic thermometer type things on the wmmba web site to show progress toward the 50 in 5 goal. Similar to the ones they use when raising funds for a charity, but instead measure miles of trail access added or built. Maybe something more clever than a thermometer that is related to bikes... I'm not that clever.

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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby SlowPoke » February 14th, 2011, 10:15 pm

Just messing around with ideas. :roll: :D

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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby jgordon » March 8th, 2011, 12:00 pm

Here is the link to the Mlive article about the proposed Spring Lake Township trial.

http://www.mlive.com/grand-haven/index.ssf/2011/02/mountain_bike_trail_system_pro.html

If I mapped it right; is that property just west of Grand Haven Rd and 2 roads south of Pontaluna?
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby rideondirt » February 12th, 2012, 11:43 am

Is there any news or updates on the proposed trail for Spring Lake area?

http://www.mlive.com/grand-haven/index. ... m_pro.html
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby Irish57 » April 28th, 2012, 7:21 pm

This all really sounds great. But what about existing trails like Aman park? It's a very fun place to ride but was closed because of rude riders. Funny thing is I go in there frequently in the summer and there are 2 cars at the most in the parking lot. What a waste! It's vastly under utilized. Somehow maybe it's time to revisit opening this park to trail riding. :)
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Re: 50 in 5?

Postby RickPlite » April 28th, 2012, 7:25 pm

Irish57 wrote:This all really sounds great. But what about existing trails like Aman park? It's a very fun place to ride but was closed because of rude riders. Funny thing is I go in there frequently in the summer and there are 2 cars at the most in the parking lot. What a waste! It's vastly under utilized. Somehow maybe it's time to revisit opening this park to trail riding. :)


we should consider trying to get it re-opened, I agree. I skied there this winter and it is in really bad need of trimming.
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