As PUMP’s Co-Representative to Forest Park, I am pleased to announce to our mountain biking community that progress is being made towards bringing real singletrack to the Rose City, specifically, Forest Park. An Ad-Hoc Committee of user groups has been formed under the direction of The Forest Park Conservancy (formerly Friends of Forest Park). This task force, on which I have a seat, held our first meeting last night and the future is bright. This will not happen over night. A lot of people are putting a lot of energy and time into achieving our goals. This is the time for us all to come together as Portlanders and Mountain Bikers to foster goodwill and really put our time and energy where our mouths have been for so long.
One of the major concerns the City and The Conservancy have is maintenance. The park is already strained to sustain what is there. In adding new trails, how will we maintain them? We have cited many examples of mountain bikers being excellent trail stewards when given the trails and opportunity – So fellow Mtb’ers: The time to act on that is NOW.
- Without trails, where would we be?
- Without action & advocacy: Nowhere
At the behest of Stephen Hatfield, Director, The Forest Park Conservancy, PUMP has been asked to formally adopt and maintain Firelane 5. We are currently in that process with the City. This may seem like a small thing, but it is not. This is our opportunity to show that mountain bikers not only care, but act. A small showing will not bode well for our cause. WE NEED YOU! The Conservancy has given us their Trails Coordinator, Jeff Hough, as a resource.
Our first Trail Party is this Saturday, November 3rd from 9am – 1pm
We need as many people to show up and lend a hand as we can. A good showing is imperative to our future aspirations in Forest Park. Please join us.
Event: Firelane 5 Trail Party
Date: Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 9am – 1:00 pm
Rendezvous Location: Bottom of Saltzman off Hwy 30
Bring: Gloves, wet weather gear, water
Directions: From Portland drive out Highway 30 and make a left on Saltzman Road. Drive to the gate. If you are riding your bike just ride to the bottom of Fire Lane 5.
Jeff Hough will be bringing all of his trail equipment and breakfast pastries from Grand Central Bakery. Trail parties will be scheduled on a quarterly basis going forward.
Thank you for your energy and participation in this endeavor. Your participation is key to our goal!
Please let me know if you are coming so we can have adequate tools (and pastries) for you.
Point of contact:
Forest Park Co-Representative
Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP)
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