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    el perro vagabondo jburatti's Avatar
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    Thumbs up IMBA/ARR meeting w/Prop 2 land folks

    The day before the trail work session, Joey, Lara, Mark, Hill Able and myself met with the City of Austin Officials in charge of the Proposition 2 Lands - the Slaughter Creek Unit. Some of you may be familiar with them already but they were purchase with tax payer money to assure quality groundwater recharge zones for the Edwards Aquifer. The city put it to a vote to get the $ and part of deal was there would be some form of recreation on the lands purchased.

    A group of representatives from the various user groups interested have been hashing out the details of what will happen on the land for many months now. I haven't been at those meetings since most of this happened before i moved back to Texas so someone else might be able to provide more info on them. People wanted everything from baseball fields to a big fence around the whole thing. In the end, i think trails were the recognized from of recreation accepted. A series of on-site meetings were planned early this year to go look at the land and start talking about trail building. I think they kept getting cancelled due to bad weather. Hill Able has been a big part of the entire process.

    The IMBA meeting was to show the city's Water and Wastewater folks and the land's manager that IMBA and the Ridge Riders know how to plan and build good, sustainable multi-use trail. Attending the meeting were the Division manager, the Prop 2 land manager, a Bull Creek Foundation rep, and a National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Rep for Austin.

    The slideshow was similar to what they put on at Bicycle Sport Shop - explaining IMBA, proper trail planning and building, multiple user interactions, etc. It was about an hour and was really well received. One comment was "man, there were a lot more people that should have seen this." Another was "i wasn't sure about bikers at first - that was quite some time ago i admit - but man, you guys are really good."

    A nice coincidence was the current manager of Water and Wastewater is a woman i used to work with when i did water quality work in Austin in the 80's and early 90's! I got 2 degrees in ecology before becoming the geek you know and love today. And since water quality is the #1 goal of this land, it dovetailed nicely with the IMBA presentation, and the local ARR representation. Basically, after wowing them the Trail Care Crews said "...and you have all this local expertise right here with the Austin Ridge Riders."

    So, keep your eyes peeled for more info as this progresses. Who knows, maybe we'll be building new, legal trail in Austin within the year.

    James (IMBA's Geek and gung-ho trail builder)

    PS- See, those IMBA dues paid off!

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    Thumbs up

    yeaaaa boyEEeeee....dis dawg is n 2 it.

    Build a trail that last 4-ever & u can ride it 4-ever!
    my bike Never says no!!!!!

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    Sweet... any idea on when trail building might start?

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    No time soon

    Trail building will not take place any time soon. This is trail design by commitee at this point so folks will undertand what is involved. It will go slow so don't expect to hear anything about it for a LONG time. Hopefully, we'll get to the point where it will just be 2-3 people (the optimal number) in the woods gettng the layout nailed down. Then we'll need the big labor parties - bbq, drinks, rides, and work!

    I just wanted everyone to know that there are some positive things going on and the Ridge Riders are working for more trail every day. The important thing is we have the chance to get Water and Wastewater embracing mtn bikers as quality trail builders and legit trail users. We still have to prove the concepts on the ground but it's a great start. One that i am SURE of is it will lead to other oppurtunities in Austin we can't foresee right now.

    James

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    Great news James...thanks for the update.

    I think we've all been reeling from all the negative's of the trail closure at Forest Ridge & idiotic one-way's that a little positive news was much needed.

    I know it's gonna be a while but keep us posted. The thought of a new place to ride (but no just yet) is slow torture like staring at those wrapped presents under the tree 2 days before christmas
    "It's a dog eat dog world, Woody and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear?" ~ N Peterson

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    Yeah, I like the anticipation of a new trail. I'm ready to work on it even thought I know it has yet to be planned (or approved for that matter.) Let's support the Ridge Riders and everyone else who is working on getting us land access and new trail. Change is in the air!

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