SORBA Atlanta receives $70k Park Pride Legacy Grant

Great news! We’ve received a $70,000 Legacy Grant from Park Pride to fund the expansion of a network of natural surface multi-use trails, including a bridge spanning Poole Creek and its surrounding wetlands.
Park Pride and members of the local mountain bike community recognize that professionally-designed natural surface trails promote public health and well-being through activities such as bicycling, hiking and running. At 211 acres, Southside is the third-largest park in the City of Atlanta and also one of the least-familiar parks to its residents.

Brett Davidson, President, SORBA Atlanta: “This project builds upon the 1.25-mile Evergreen Trail we completed in 2016 and is another step forward in our plans for a trail network at Southside Park totalling almost 7 miles.”

“We’re so excited to be able to support the expansion of this project with a Park Pride Legacy Grant, supported by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation,” said Allison Barnett, Park Pride’s Associate Director. “Our hope is that these new trails will help transform Southside Park into a destination park for the City’s broader constituents, particularly those on Atlanta’s south side.”

Joyce Sheperd, Atlanta City Council Member for the District says, “The South River Garden communities surrounding Southside Park lacked adequate access to public places for healthy recreational activities. The community was very excited on the opening of the mountain bike trail last fall in Southside Park. We welcome and appreciate the expansion of the trail through the $70,000 Grant received from Park Pride.”

The announcement of the grant coincided with the kick-off of SORBA Atlanta’s first capital campaign, designed to raise an additional $21,000 for this project. Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) has pledged $8,000, and Atlanta Cycling has offered to match all individual donations up to the first $3,000 raised through SORBA Atlanta’s web site, http://sorbaatlanta.org//southside-park-donations/

About Park Pride:
Founded in 1989, Park Pride is the Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks. Working with over 100 local Friends of the Park groups, Park Pride provides leadership and services to help communities realize their dreams for neighborhood parks that support healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy and a healthy environment. Park Pride is active in greenspace advocacy and educating both civic leaders and the general public about the benefits of parks, and annually hosts the Parks and Greenspace Conference. Learn more about Park Pride at http://parkpride.org.

About SORBA Atlanta:
The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast. Volunteers with the Atlanta Chapter work with land managers throughout the Metro area to create and maintain sustainable trail systems for mountain bikers and others to enjoy.

Photo Credit: Aaron Chamberlain, https://www.singletracks.com

Fall 2016 Membership Drive

It’s our Fall Membership drive and we are looking for 75 new or renewing members!

Join today and you can win a $100 gift card from REI, a weekend trip to Mulberry Gap, or a YETI SB5c. And you’ll be supporting mountain bike trail development and maintenance in the ATL.

SORBA Atlanta receives $8,000 Grant from REI for Southside Park

This June the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association received a $35,000 grant from REI to fund shovel ready trail projects in North Georgia. SORBA Atlanta was awarded $8,000 of this grant for the first purpose built  Mountain Bike trail development in City of Atlanta Parks inside the Perimeter at Southside Park. This follows the $25,000 grant that SORBA Atlanta was awarded last year for the trails at Southside Park. REI, SORBA Atlanta and City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation are committed to the development of Mountain Bike trails and Outdoor Recreation inside the Perimeter. Construction of Phase One, a 1.25 mile beginner trail named Evergreen is wrapping at Southside Park this month. Stay tuned for the opening date and more details on future development at Southside Park.

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Spring Membership Drive a Success!

We beat our annual Spring Membership Drive goal with over 50 new or renewing members during our drive! Thanks to our sponsors Atlanta Cycling and Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way for their contributions to amend the IMBA benefits for the Drive.

Atlanta Cycling donated $20 gift cards for new and renewing members. Mulberry Gap provided a guided trip that we raffled to winner Jeffrey Bloom.

Thanks to all our new members and those who renewed during the drive, without membership we would not have the needed funds for trail development, construction, and maintenance in the Metro area. Your membership dues build the trails you love to ride!

Spring Membership Drive

It’s our Spring Membership drive and we are looking for 50 new or renewing members! We have some great sponsors who are sweetening the deal this Spring! New members get a $20 gift card from atlantacycling while supplies last. Must choose SORBA Atlanta as your Chapter and the auto renew option. All renewing and new members get entered into a raffle for your choice of one of Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way multi-day guided tours! (Again must be auto renew). That is huge!

Email proof of new membership or renewal to SORBA Atlanta at sorbabrett@gmail.com Drawing June 1st!