The time has come! The Waterloo Working Group, in conjunction with the International Mountain Biking Association, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, local business and government stakeholders and countless others are pleased to present you with a vision for mountain bike trails at Waterloo Recreation Area (see link in blue at the end of this document).
This vision is the end product of, literally, a 20+ year effort to create some accommodations for mountain bikers at Waterloo. As such, the Waterloo Working Group and its stakeholders wanted a plan done right. With this in mind, we engaged one of the most noted and progressive trail design consultants in the country - Spectrum Trail Designs. Spectrum has spend over 100 hours with Waterloo Working Group members "in the field" and also many more hours analyzing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Master Plan for Waterloo Recreation Area. The attached document, Waterloo Recreation Area - Initial Concepts for a Mountain Bike Trail Network, is the culmination of this work.
This document was formally presented to the MDNR Parks and Recreation Division for review last week. After their review, there will be public input sessions, and we'll need ALL Michigan mountain bikers to get behind this proposal
. The Waterloo Working Group and its stakeholders are committed to the realization of this project and the benefits it holds for active outdoors enthusiasts in our State and beyond. However, our first step needs to be agreement on and approval of a trail system. Once this happens, we will work on formally organizing our resource base to realize the trail. However, it should be noted that resources are already aligning behind the project. While this fact excites us and bodes well for the project, we cannot formally engage these resources until a formal, approved plan is in place. With regard to this fact, we now await a response from the MDNR Parks and Recreation Division.
/s/ Jason Aric Jones
Acting Chair, Waterloo Working Groupmtbwaterloo@outlook.comWaterloo Recreation Area: Initial Concepts for a Mountain Bike Trail Network