A couple of cool projects are underway in Maryland and this weekend there are big events for both.
Saturday: In Frederick County new trail is getting built in Emmitsburg, MD. Corridor clearing will be taking place August 13th and they are hoping for a good turn out to show their town council there's excitement for the project. The complete project will be a stacked loop system and they'll be breaking ground on the first piece of a multi-phase project. Where is Emmitsburg? It is north of Frederick, MD and the trails will be built on the town reservoir property which is situated on the same ridge as Gambrill and the Frederick Watershed so expect similar terrain. Want to know more about the project? Check these recent articles: Frederick News Post, The Gazette
Trail Work Info is as follows: Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011 Time: 8am- 1pm Location: Rainbow Lake on Hampton Valley Road. Google Maps link. Contact: Tim O'Donnell- firstname.lastname@example.org - 301-447-3839 --- Sunday: In Howard County, an MTB skills park is going to be built in a county park and will be funded with grants and donations which are being raised by MORE, who got this project going. This will be the first of its kind in MD and will be a great success for all cycling groups to point to and use when advocating for similar projects (pumptracks, etc.)
This Sunday will be a big BBQ fundraiser with rides, raffles and food. This is sure to be a good time and Patapsco are my original home trails so I can tell you the riding will be fun stuff. Come on out or just make a donation to the project. There is lots of money to raise and every bit helps. Details on the BBQ are below or click here for more info about the project.
Plans include BBQ, local cycling celebrity led bike rides by world champ Chris Eatough, beginner / intermediate / advanced rides, more good food, vendor tents, face painting, kids’ rodeo and other exciting events.
Where: 6100 Rockburn Branch Park Dr, Elkridge, MD 21075 (Rockburn West Pavilion) Date: Sunday August 14, 2011 Time: 12:00pm - 2 pm and 2 pm –6:00pm - detailed schedule is listed below
Food and drinks will be served, plus there will be activities like a raffle, guided mountain bike tours and a child's bike rodeo. Everyone is welcome! Tickets can be purchased for food and drinks, and raffle tickets.
Raffle tickets are available to purchase in advance of the picnic and are going fast. To purchase a ticket, email Rockburn@more-mtb.org. Raffle tickets are $25 and only 300 will be sold (more than $5,000 worth of prizes including Trip to Moab, Trek/Fisher 29’r bike, and Giant Brass MTB)! [FYI - Tickets are almost sold out!]
Schedule of events:
12 - 2 pm: Guided Mountain Bike Rides Click here for details...
2 - 6 pm: Picnic and Activities
BBQ, Hot dogs, Veggie food Drinks - adult and kids, water Snow cones Face painting Vendors (Bike Shop tents/vans/displays) T-shirt and Magnets sales Raffle Music And more!
Attendance for the rides and picnic is free. Food/drink will run anywhere from $1 to $5. New information about the park construction plans will be shared at the picnic.