October 15 – Assembly Day
8:00am to 12:00pm, Meet at the top of Sparrow Farm Road. Please car pool if possible to avoid obstructing the road. Mamba will have some tools on hand, but if you have a cordless drill or impact driver, please bring it! Work gloves, wheel barrows, pry bars, hammers, shovels, buckets, all welcome. Come for as much as you can.
We will cease the trail building activity at noon, move over to the Adamant Community Center on Martin Road in Adamant, and have a group ride around the great trails of Calais/East Montpelier.
In October, the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association will rebuild the bridge on the Sparrow Farm Trail. The Sparrow Farm Trail is one of the Montpelier area’s key mountain bike and running trails. The current state of the bridge presents a challenge for even seasoned riders. If you use these trails, we need your help!
The budget for the project is about $4,500. We have a $1,750 grant from VMBA, $500 from Concept2 and $300 pledged from East Montpelier Trails Inc. We are looking to raise $1,500 from trail users and MAMBA membership dues will be use to cover the remaining balance (~$450).
We are requesting additional, project-specific donations because this trail is used by MAMBA and non-MAMBA members. We hope that all users chip in a few dollars or volunteer sweat equity to make this bridge safer for all, especially new and intermediate riders.
MAMBA will rebuild the bridge using hemlock footing as the private landowner who generously allows access on his land requests we do not use pressure-treated lumber. This means this is not a “forever” fix, but it will be a big improvement for one of our best-used trails.
If you can’t donate cash, please consider volunteering. If you can’t volunteer, please consider a cash donation. If you can do both, you will be a local hero! Bridge replacement (volunteer day) will be 10/15/16.
You can donate money via the Go Fund Me widget below, and we will have updated volunteer information as we get closer to the date!