I also agree - it’s a fair question and an update from Mountain Bike Halifax is overdue.
We have been making steady progress since our inception in March and have been growing by way of both membership (we now have close to 100 members) as well as projects.
From our inception, a key goal has been to raise funds to support current trail development efforts with the long-term goal of developing and raising funds for our own trail projects. What this means is that our goal this year has been to support the efforts of the McIntosh Run Watershed Association.
To do this, we have raised nearly $26,000 in cash contributions from the following sources:
$1000 from four members of the Halifax mountain bike community - Dr.s Neil Smith, Rob Hart, Tim Brown, and Bruce Macaulay. These funds have been key in establishing the organization.
$9000 from HRM Councillors Tony Mancini, Stephen Adams and Shawn Cleary used to help fund the construction of boardwalks in the McIntosh Run trail network scheduled for 2018.
$3000 from local business, RPM Productions in Bedford - used to support the summer’s build efforts and also help leverage other corporate financial contributions to support trail development in HRM.
$12,808 in grant funding from MEC - used for construction efforts of the Flat Lake trail in the McIntosh Run single track network.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following who have supported us in the form of in-kind contributions with organization administration, web and brand development and print production: Kula Partners, Dose.Media and BroMoc Printing.
In addition to funding, Mountain Bike Halifax has gained support from Vision Air Helicopter Services to transport build materials to remote areas of the McIntosh Run single track trail system for the construction of the bridge across the McIntosh Run.
Aside from our initial goal of supporting the McIntosh Run Watershed Association, Mountain Bike Halifax has been working on a number of other longer-term initiatives to support mountain biking in HRM:
We have been working with HRM staff to support the creation of a report to council to inform the development of Regional Mountain Bike Strategy. This report is scheduled to be presented to council later this month.
Following our initial meeting with the Long Lake Provincial Park Association, MBH has met with representatives from DNR regarding the development of multi-use single track trails on the south west side of Long Lake in Long Lake Provincial Park.
And finally, just last month we met with representatives from ACOA to discuss opportunities for trail development funding as well as the promotion of mountain biking in general. ACOA has expressed interest in moving forward and conversations have begun to explore next steps. We will have more details on this as the process unfolds.
I would like to note that we are especially excited about the enthusiasm for mountain bike trail development we have encountered from the individuals, organizations and government departments with whom we’ve met in the last 8 months. Thanks to the efforts of groups like MRWA, Positive Action for Keppoch and the AVMBA, there finally appears to be a growing recognition of the potential benefits that trail development and promotion of the sport can have for our communities. This is a very exciting time for mountain biking in these parts and a big thank you to all those who have contributed to making it happen and moving it forward.