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IMBA Trail Care Crew visit to Manhattan April 28th - May 1st

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We are pleased to announce that NYCMTB has been awarded a grant to host the IMBA Trail Care Crew in Manhattan from April 28th to May 1st. The IMBA Trail Care Crew travels the country teaching sustainable trail building applicable to hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Education sessions are free and open to the public. The Crew arrives the evening of the 28th and we'll be hosting an informal get together to welcome them; the 29th will include presentations on Land Manager Training and Better Living Through Trails; the 30th will be the Trail Building and Maintaining School at Highbridge Park in Manhattan; and the 1st will include a tour of the trails worked on during Saturdays session. Details on times and locations to follow.
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Details have been finalized and IMBA has created a registration page for the presentations on April 29th and April 30th.

Land Manager Training and Better Living Through Trails Presentations
Friday April 29th 9am - 12pm
Central Park North Meadow Recreation Center
Mid-park at 97th Street, Central Park
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 348-4867
Cross Streets: Mid-park at 97th Street
1,2,3, A,B,C & 6 Trains to 96th Street
Enter Central Park, follow path north towards Recreation Center

Land Manager Training

Overview: The Land Manager training educates land managers on IMBA and the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails; as well as the importance of partnerships with local mountain biking organizations to achieve great trails. The curriculum is geared toward land managers who oversee land that is either provides, or has the potential to provide mountain biking opportunities. This presentation is essential to inform land managers and community leaders on how to partner with clubs to build responsible, thoughtful trails. This presentation helps grow local group's trust in IMBA, trail building and mountain biking.

Better Living Through Trails

Overview: This presentation explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition in increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies, participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system, and learn how to effectively market a trail system. This presentation is a great way to show the community that a club is concerned with the health of the local citizens, the health of local green spaces and the health of the local economy.

Trail Building School April 30th 9am - 4pm
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 West 181st Street
2nd Floor Fellowship Hall
New York, NY 10033
A or 1 Train to 181st
Located between Fort Washington and Bennet Avenues

Trail Building School Overview
IMBA's Trail building school teaches IMBA's philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable singletrack. The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction. Please note, the crews do not teach mechanized trail building.
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