Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Singletrack at the Diggins

BONC and Fox Racing Shox are hosting a trail day at Malakoff Diggins.

The idea is to cut a new section of trail at the top of the Slaughterhouse Trail and open the entire trail to multiple use for the first time! Fox has donated a bunch of swag that partipants can fight over ;-)

Meet @ 10AM at the Rim Trail trailhead above town or meet at 9AM @ the downtown Grass Valley Flour Garden to carpool. If bad weather occurs, please call 530-274-DIRT after 8AM on 5/7 to determine if the event will be rescheduled. More information here.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bike Skills Park in Grass Valley

On Monday, the Grass Valley Parks and Recreation Commission will hear about a preliminary proposal to build a bike skills area at Condon Park or elsewhere on City property. Please attend to show your support for such a facility. The more people we get, the better!

WHERE/WHEN: Council Chambers at City Hall, 123 East Main St. Grass Valley. Monday, April 17th at 3PM

This facility could include trials/freeride obstacle and structures that allow users from beginners to experts to improve their skills. These might include teeter totters, ladders, logs, drop offs, etc. Additionally, the area could include dirt jumps both big and small. So this would be our skatpark in a sense. In fact, I hope we can build it next to the park. Learn more about successful bike skill areas.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Wolf Creek Parkway Gains Crucial Support

By a 5-0 vote, the Grass Valley city council approved the Wolf Creek Parkway Alignment Study and Conceptual Master Plan. This fantastic proposal would result in a non-motorized urban trail through the heart of Grass Valley along Wolf Creek.

Once funding is secured, much of the building of this parkway will occur in stages, so we need to be patient. Other such amenities such at the Steven's Creek Trail in Mountain View, CA are terrfic assets to local citizens and provide a quite, beauttiful alternative corridor of transportation right in the middle of town.

(Photo by Rick Sanger of Wolf Creek Alliance)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Empire Mine May Grow By 30%

There is a movement afoot for the acquisition of parcels on Osborne Hill by Empire Mine Historic State Park. The map to the left show the current park boundaries. This acquisition is fantastic news, as there are a lot of fun, twisty trails in this area.
How legitimate is this effort?:
  • The property owner is signing a willingness-to-sell letter
  • State Parks is signing a letter expressing their interest in theses parcels
  • The Rural Quality Foundation is submitting a grant proposal for funds for the purchase(s)
  • The Nevada County BOS is expected to sign a letter of support this week.
Learn more about this here (PDF file).

How can you help? Attend the BOS hearing and speak up in support of this project! The hearing is on April 11 at 2:30PM at the Rood Center in Nevada City.