Tuesday, June 23, 2015

IMBA SORBA Atlanta receives $25,000 Grant from REI

IMBA SORBA Atlanta has received a generous $25,000 grant from REI to begin construction on recreational trails at Southside Park in the City of Atlanta. This IMBA Trail Solutions designed project is the result of a partnership between the City of Atlanta, The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, IMBA Trail Solutions, and IMBA SORBA Atlanta. The funding from this grant will be used for Phase One of the project, a beginner trail of almost two miles in length at Southside Park.

For more info on the project, check out the President's article in the latest Atlanta Velo City Magazine. We write "The Dirt" column in every issue to keep you up to date on the Chapter and Mountain Bike advocacy in the Metro Area. http://www.atlantavelocity.com/home.html

IMBA SORBA Atlanta thanks REI once again for being a great partner to our Outdoor Places and Outdoor Recreation in the Atlanta Metro Area and the State.

National Trails Day and Sope Creek Reroute Ribbon Cutting with  IMBA SORBA Atlanta, REI, and The National Park Service

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chapter Group Ride-Dirty Mondays at Sope Creek!

We finally got our first Chapter ride in over 3 years off the ground last Monday night and we had a blast. Two scheduled rides in April had to be cancelled due to rain and trail conditions. We were rolling 10 deep and had a blast. Come join us on Mondays at the gate to the Fitness Loop at the Cochran Shoals Parking Lot, Ready to Ride at 6:30. Helmet required. This is a Social Ride, No Drop.
We will see you there!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

IMBA Trail Solutions and SORBA Atlanta Dig In at South Rockdale Park

Last year IMBA SORBA Atlanta and Rockdale County Parks and Recreation entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of recreational trails at South Rockdale Park. This was a result of some hard work by IMBA SORBA Atlanta Vice President Keith Worsham, officials of Rockdale County and other invested volunteers in the community. Keith has been a champion of trail development at South Rockdale Park, realizing the great potential for mountain biking at the site. South Rockdale Park has recently become a cycling destination for road and recreational cyclists as well, as the newly completely Rockdale River Path dissects the park. Thanks to the help of IMBA Regional Director/SORBA Executive Director Tom Sauret, the Atlanta Chapter and Rockdale County hired IMBA Trail Solutions to create a Draft proposal for the Park. Chris Kehmeier of IMBA Trail Solutions spent a week on site and has developed a plan for at least 10 miles of mountain bike trails, from a beginner loop to a downhill flow run on the DeCastro property. We are excited about the plan and will finalize the draft by the end of the month. If you are interested in seeing the proposal, please email sorbabrett@gmail.com and we will be happy to hear your input. 

Tim Byrd on a great suspension bridge that will be used in the trail design.

The adjacent DeCastro property offers ideal elevation change for flow trails.

Like other parts of Rockdale County, there is a lot of exposed granite at the park. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sope Creek Reroute Phase Two Underway

IMBA SORBA Atlanta and the National Park Service have worked together to design and approve a much needed reroute around what we affectionately call Gumby Creek. Walt Bready, Ranger Dave Thomas, and Chapter President Brett Davidson worked on the flagging and design over the last eight months.

The new trail is a much improved and sustainable design with lots of flow and some stunning new scenery that will bypass the dreaded mud holes by the creek. It will also close the Creek Entrance on the fitness loop for bikes. This will leave only the Water Bar entrance to access the singletrack off the fitness loop.

John Purcell of Cobb County Parks and Recreation and IMBA SORBA West Georgia graciously volunteered two days on a skid steer that the Atlanta Chapter rented for construction of phase one last July. Ken Nix is currently finishing phase two of the project and should get most of the tread work done before this weekend's Sweep the Hooch Event, weather permitting. A much needed bridge was provided by a Boy Scouts of America Eagle project and tons of finishing work and armoring was done by the Boy Scout's Order of the Arrow workday we had with them on March 7th. The new bridge is beautiful!

Our next monthly chapter work party on 4/18 will be concentrated on finishing work and backslope on the new trail. We need all hands on deck!

There have been hundreds of volunteer hours devoted to this reroute already and we will need many more to get it open. We ask that you please stay off the reroute while it is under construction. Our goal is to have a ribbon cutting for National Trails Day on June 6th with the National Park Service in conjunction with a huge volunteer workday with REI. We will keep you posted here with updates on the progress and let you know how you can help.

Walt Bready and Jeff Hunt working with the Youth Conservation Corps on Corridor Clearing

John Purcell building Phase One with a Vermeer

Walt Bready on the new bridge
Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow work day

Ken Nix crosses the new bridge on his mini ex

Ken Nix punches through to the water bars

Friday, March 20, 2015

Monthly Work Party tomorrow, 3/21 at Sope Creek

Work party this Saturday,  3/21, led by Walt Bready. Come out to help build and repair. We will meet at 9 at the Columns Drive parking lot by the gate to the Fitness Loop. Be sure to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, gloves, and bring water and snacks. Be a link in the chain!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Open Meeting this Thursday at SweetWater Brewing Company in the Couch Room. Meet up at 6, socialize, meeting starts at 6:30. Bring a friend and encourage them to join our ranks. We will talk mountain bikes, membership, access and advocacy. See you there!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Atlanta Chapter Hosts Trail Crew Leader Class, February 21, 22nd

Great News Folks-We will be hosting another Trail Crew Leader Class with the National Park Service at the Island Ford Visitor Center at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area on February 21, 22nd. Due to the success of our class last December with Keith McFadden and Rich Edwards, we added another one to be taught by Walt Bready. There are currently 8 spots open for the class and it is FREE to SORBA Atlanta members. You will receive classroom instruction, field demonstrations, and an IMBA Trail Solutions Book. For non Chapter members the class is $40.00, still a HUGE value. Email sorbabrett@gmail.com for questions and registration.