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To those interested in changing the Master plan for the Yellow River MTB trails We can do something to save the Yellow River Creek Side trails from the fate of the River Side. The Park officials have responded to the string of e-mails they have gotten from concerned mountain bikers about the changes on the River Side. There is a possibility to negotiate the future of the Creek Side. There will be more meetings, but to be effective we must keep up the pressure. YOU can help by doing the following:
- Be polite but be firm!
- E-mail, write and call the Park and County officials listed below.
- Tell them you are tax paying citizens and don't feel like you are being represented. These parks are yours!
- You want the Yellow River Creek Side MTB trails to be re-master planned with input from SORBA.
- You want sustainable, intermediate level trails constructed by a qualified MTB trails builder - not a landscape contractor with a bulldozer.
Phil Hoskins: 770-822-8890 [email protected]
Grant Guess: 770-822-8855 [email protected]
Sharon Plunkett: 770-822-8875 [email protected]
Also contact the county commissioners.
District 1: Lorraine Green: 770-822-7001 [email protected]
District 2: Bert Nasuti: 770-822-7002 [email protected]
District 3: Mike Beaudreau: 770-822-7003 [email protected]
District 4: Kevin Kenerly: 770-822-7004 [email protected]
Dear Commissioner (xxxxxxx),
I am a Gwinnett County resident and Tax payer in District (x). I frequent the few Gwinnett County parks that feature mountain bike trails and I am disappointed in the recent modifications made to the trails at Yellow River Park.
For years, mountain bikers from across the metropolitan area have come to Gwinnett County to experience the mountain bike trails at Yellow River Park. The park offered up to 10+ miles of trails that were suitable for Beginning through Advanced riders. Recent modifications and plans will reduced the amount of available trails to approximately 5 miles and will be best suited for beginning riders only.
As an intermediate and advanced rider I must now travel to Hall, Rockdale, Forsyth and Fulton counties to find trails that meet my needs. As a result, money that I would have normally spent in Gwinnett County on bikes, bike accessories, fuel, meals and other purchases potentially go to support the economy of other counties.
I ask you to strongly encourage Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation to seek and implement input from mountain bikers of Gwinnett County and the organization that represents us - SORBA (Southern Off Road Bicycle Association). Specifically, I am asking this in relation to Yellow River, Tribble Mill and the future Harbins Park. All of these parks provide an opportunity to serve the needs of an already large and growing HEALTHY outdoor activity for young and old in Gwinnett County.
The Atlanta Chapter of SORBA, which currently represents riders in the Gwinnett County area, represents the interest of 550+ mountain bikers of which 100+ members are Gwinnett County residents and Tax payers. These riders also support 7 cycling business in the County. There is great potential to attract many more members with better trail systems.
SORBA is a 501.C3 organization that supports local mountain bikers and their communities with:
- Trail Work Parties - Trained Volunteers who provide labor to develop and maintain sustainable trails in the parks.
- Mountain Bike Patrols - Trained Volunteers who regularly patrol local mountain bike trails to provide assistance to all trail users in need and report hazardous situations or illegal activity to the authorities.
- Event Organizing - Plan, conduct and supervise small and large events that encourage healthy life styles, promote cycling and the use of the County Parks within the community.
Concerned SORBA member and constituent.