Trail projects often take months if not years to accomplish.
From the original idea & design phase, planning and evaluation, fundraising, to the installation and building; there are a lot of steps that go into our trails! Here are some the current projects that the WMMBA is working towards:
GR Bike Park – Phase 2
Update: April, 2019
Beginning April 1, 2019, Phase 2 of the GR Bike Park will begin. Phase 1 was completed last fall (2018) with the City of Grand Rapids funding the original portion of the project, which included a new paved pump track. Phase 2 of the project is being funded by the WMMBA, the Bike Park neighbor (and our sponsor) Pioneer Construction, and other generous donors.
Phase 2 will be the single-track portion of the Bike Park project, with approximately 1 mile of feature heavy trail options. These features will include urban themed obstacles with elevated ramps, balance beams, drops and transitions made from recycled concrete, steel I-beams, and road grates. The plan includes 2 different sections of trail, the ‘A’ Line which will be for all ages and abilities, and the ‘B’ Line for those with greater abilities.
Construction walk-through, April 14
Ball-Perkins Park, Grand Rapids
Update: February, 2019
The Alliance is still in the planning and implementation process with GR City Parks and the neighbors at Ball-Perkins Park. We have local interest and approval to begin the process of planning and budgeting for the trail.
The Dragon at Hardy Pond, Newaygo
Update: December, 2018
The Alliance currently has our MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) submitted, and we are waiting on approval. Once the MOU is approved, the Alliance will submit our application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for land use.
After the application process is complete, building, planning and budgeting will begin for the project. Updates will follow.
Kentwood Police Department, Kentwood
Proposed, Summer 2019
The Alliance has been granted permission to install some beginner and intermediate single-track on a small plot of land near the current Kentwood Police Department at 52nd and Breton. This small trail system will be about 1.2 miles from the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail and will add even more trails to the awesome “Urban Loop.” Stay tuned for more details, or come to our next member meeting for more information!