MRWA Singletrack Plans for 2017

9 Jun

Singletrack Plans, 2017: MRWA will continue working on trail near Herring Cove, opening new loops there in summer. Trail crews will also start work on granite barrens in the Governors Brook area. We need trail builders, of all levels of experience, to move building ahead quickly!

In 2016, MRWA gained formal approval to build and manage a singletrack trail system for non-motorized recreation on HRM and Provincial land in the McIntosh Run watershed. The public support at two well-attended meetings in Spryfield in 2012 and 2014 provided the momentum to carry us through. Thank you!

Near Herring Cove: In the fall of 2016, MRWA volunteers got busy building the project’s first stage: two loops on Provincial Crown Land near Herring Cove. These are fun beginner loop trails through shady forests and over small granite outcrops. Financial support for materials and tools came from the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and from Dillon Consulting. In spring of 2017, volunteer crews have resumed building the access trail on HRM park land to connect these loops to a trailhead. We will install signs and hope to open these trails in early summer. Stay tuned! If you want to help work on these trails, contact MRWA below. We always need more people to prune, move dirt, and contribute to rockwork artistry!

Near Spryfield: In 2017, work will start on HRM parkland adjacent to the Governor’s Brook subdivision in Spryfield. This is an exciting area because of the unique granite barrens, regenerating Jack Pine forest, and the well-loved existing informal trails in the area. MRWA will upgrade a few kilometres of existing trail, mainly to address drainage issues and ensure boardwalks and structures are sound. The plan is also to build a few kilometres of brand NEW trail, including 3 access trails from HRM park parcels. The new trail will provide more opportunities to mountain bike, hike or run in this incredible area. In support of this work, MRWA received generous financial support from Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) through an Access and Activity Grant. Thanks, MEC!

What can YOU do? MRWA needs volunteers to help build these trails! Volunteers are what make us move forward faster, toward the ultimate goal of 28+km of singletrack connecting Spryfield to Herring Cove! Drop us an email (mrwa.volunteers@gmail.com) or facebook message if you want to be added to our volunteers email list.

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