First Work Party at new South Rock Trail Project
SORBA Atlanta is pleased to announce that after over 5 years of advocacy work, we are beginning work on our new trail project in Rockdale County, the South Rock Trails at South Rockdale Community Park. This year Rockdale County Parks and Recreation was awarded a Recreational Trails Program Grant to build Phase One of the project, up to six miles of Beginner and Intermediate trails with two dedicated downhill trails. SORBA Atlanta and Rockdale County worked together to fund a development plan for Mountain Bike trails at the Park and wrote the RTP grant submission together. Rockdale County provided the seed money to fund the matching grant through SPLOST funds.
We will kick off our work at the Park by hosting a Volunteer Work Party on Saturday December 30th at 9 AM. We will be clearing the corridor for a new Beginner Trail, a portion of Phase One of the project. Meet at the main parking lot at 3909 East Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 at 9. Wear weather appropriate clothes, long pants, closed toed shoes sturdy enough for hiking, bring gloves, water, and snacks. We will be cutting back brush and removing deadfall to get the corridor ready for construction. Info for the event here: http://sorbaatlanta.org/event/south-rockdale-work-party-first-ever/
SORBA Atlanta Vice President Keith Worsham has owned this project from it’s inception and has advocated for the park and the trail proposal tirelessly. The SORBA Atlanta Board thanks Keith for his efforts to bring this opportunity for quality Mountain Biking to the Rockdale and Henry County area and to our Metro Atlanta members and ridership. We will see you there!
Friends of Chattahoochee Bend and SORBA Atlanta partner to develop 20 miles of destination Mountain Biking at Chattahoochee Bend State Park
The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park and SORBA Atlanta have partnered with IMBA Trail Solutions to develop 20 miles of destination mountain bike trails at Chatttahoochee Bend State Park. IMBA Trail Solutions will develop a plan for a progressive trail system and a Southeastern Mountain Bike Destination. Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers an incredible opportunity for multi day camping and riding, and has many other amenities in place at the Park with incredible hiking trails, paddling and soon to be added equestrian trails. The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park have used funds to hire IMBA Trail Solutions to develop the plan and SORBA Atlanta will partner with the Friends and work with Georgia State Parks to fund the design and construction of the trail system.
SORBA Atlanta’s Board believes that trail development at Chatt Bend fills a void in mountain biking opportunities in Coweta County which currently has no recreational trails available for mountain biking. We believe every county in the Metro Area should have mountain bike trails for our members and others to enjoy. We also believe that Chattahoochee Bend has the potential to be a Regional and Family Destination and a great escape for all of Metro Atlanta and the Southeast as an excellent option to camp and have a weekend getaway at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
The physical geography is excellent for trail development and has many rock features and great scenery. We are excited by the incredible potential and the great new partnerships we have developed at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Read the press release and the thoughts of our South Metro Vice President Chris Doane on the project here: http://times-herald.com/news/2017/01/mountain-bike-trail-master-plan-to-be-done-at-chattahoochee-bend
You can also donate here to put trail on the ground at Chattahoochee Bend: https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-bend/
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
Evergreen Trail Open at Southside Park
Need an #itptrail to ride, run, or hike during the week? The Evergreen Trail at Southside Park is open for business. Less than 3 miles away from Constitution Lake Park and located at 3460 Jonesboro Road Atlanta 30357, just inside I-285, the Evergreen Trail at Southside Park is a perfect place to get in multiple laps on dirt for your evening ride/run or to take a relaxing hike in an incredible urban forest canopy and Park. This Winter there is more to come, as we bridge Poole Creek and get to work on building the Intermediate and Expert loops for up to 7 miles of #itptrails. Parking is available at the Park or add the loop into your mixed surface urban ride. Check out our Trails Tab for more information on the project and donate to build more trails at the Park above at the Southside Trail Fund. Photo-Aaron Chamberlain.