Monday, July 27, 2015
The Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will use the grant to leverage over $237,000 for trail construction
The Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) announces the receipt of a $50,000 grant from LL Bean’s Charitable Giving for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. According to CRNEMBA president, Peter Smith, the funds will be matched by the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide funding for the continued development of a world class mountain bike trail network in the Carrabassett Region. The LL Bean Grant will be combined with other funding sources to generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
“All of us who are passionate about mountain biking and enjoy the recreational activities available in western mountains of Maine are very excited about the continuing support from so many people to make this happen,” says Peter Smith. “Our vision includes a world class mountain bike trail network for riders of all ability levels who wish to explore the vast wilderness and beauty of this very special region.”
Since 2011, CRNEMBA has collaborated with the Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine Huts & Trails, and other partners to create a world-class mountain bike trail system that puts the Carrabassett area on the national stage as mountain biking destination. As of the end of 2014 there are approximately 77 miles of mountain bike specific trail serving all levels of riders in the Carrabassett Region. This includes almost 23 miles of brand new machine and hand built singletrack, purpose built for mountain biking. Over 4700 hours of volunteer labor and over $323,000 have thus far been invested into the trail system.
The Carrabassett Mountain Bike Trail Network currently includes two separate and connected trail “pods”. These pods are located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (Pod One) with 35 miles of mountain bike specific trails and Campbell Field Trail Head (Pod Two) with 42 miles of mountain bike specific trails. These pods are linked by introductory level mountain bike trail known as the Route 27 Connector Trail.
The LL Bean Grant will be combined with additional funds provided by CRNEMBA and the Town of Carrabassett Valley to provide $130,000 for investment in mountain bike trail development in Pod Two, or the Campbell Field Trail Head during 2015-2016.
These funds will be utilized to create several new mountain bike specific trails, including a new, multi-use trail to the Maine Huts & Trails Stratton Brook Hut for use by both mountain bike riders and Nordic skiers. Plans call for adding up to 12 miles of trail in the Campbell Field Trail Head project.
Mac McKeever, spokesperson for LL Bean, said “LL Bean is very pleased to support the project to develop a mountain bike destination in the Carrabassett Valley area.”
The Town of Carrabassett Valley has also received a $35,000 grant for mountain bike trail construction at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from the State of Maine through the Recreational Trails Program Grant. Coupled with matching funds from the Town and other sources, there will be approximately $107,000 available for investment in mountain bike trail construction at the Outdoor Center for 2015-2016, which is expected to add 5.5 miles to the mountain bike trail network.