Michigan Mountain Biking Association
I think it's going to be a ways out yet. The Parks and Rec. Master Plan is heading to the State in December. That is a 5 year master plan that includes Ball Perkins. The Master Plan is required to access certain grant dollars. All those grants also require a 25% minimum local match. So they require fund raising and the City to put dollars on the table. However, there are likely 2 other parks of higher priority in line before Ball Perkins.
Ball Perkins and the Butterworth Landfill are big enough that they may require more time. My estimates would be 2013-2014 timetable if the economy gets better and the Parks Dept. budget improves. But anything can happen.
We are breaking ground on Joe Taylor, then Pleasant Park, and then hopefully securing some public school land for a park on the West Side. All these projects are working in neighborhoods that experience park/greenspace deficiency.
I don't think the plan is online yet. I know that the City will submit it in December and then a copy will be available. I'd check the parks and recreation website.
I am doing the same thing as you only with a local park in Kentwood (Stannaback). I saw the WMMBA proposed single track when they had a chance to survey it and it came out to 4 to 5 miles in a 20 to 30 acre plot of woods for Stannaback. I am not sure of the Ball-Perkins size but I am sure it would be some what proportional to that since the 4-5 mile mark was determined using the latest trail building sustainability knowledge.
Unfortunately the next WMMA meeting is in January but finding the interested groups is key. I have found that bikers are way out numbered by runners (in active people in each discipline) so you should try and find the runners in your area to help take up the cause. I am not sure if there is a running shop in your direct vicinity but Gazelle's out on 28th is a good place to go and meet people whom would know the active runners in that area.
I am also trying to work up measures to get valid data for use and economic benefits of such trails. If you have any ideas or want to help out with my current ideas/plans on this then let me know.
Derek Graham wrote:I would also be very interested in helping develop trails here. I live about a block west of this area.
Does anyone know if this property is open to the public now? I saw the article on Pedal GR, which says the park is 82 acres. I would love to explore it on snowshoes. That is if we ever get any decent snow cover.
There is suppose to be a planning committee being brought together in the next couple of weeks for Stannaback within the WMMBA. I will keep you posted on when that is so you can join if you wish. I would assume the strategy produced for it would be very similar to Ball-Perkins.
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