BIMBC Grand Forest Trails

Everything changed today.  The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation announced today that they purchased a property adjacent to Strawberry Hill Park to be used for mountain biking and an expansion of the off-leash dog park.  https://biparksfoundation.org/1m-donation-mountain-bikes/  The purchase was made possible by a $1 million dollar gift from an anonymous donor.  The property is ideal for mountain biking and the Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club is excited to work with the Park District on this property.  Our thanks go to the anonymous donor, the Parks Foundation, the Park District and the seller for creating this opportunity.   Thank you also to the mountain bikers and their families who advocated for outdoor recreation.  We commit to help make the Strawberry Hill property an amazing place for all Island mountain bikers.  In the weeks ahead we will reach out to the community for ideas and for funds to design and build this project.  We will need many hands to make this a special place for mountain biking and welcome your help.  We will also participate in the broader Park District process with regard to trails in the Grand Forest.


Was a long night but we made our case for adding mountain biking trails to Grand Forest North.  Thank you to all who spoke out and special thanks to the Blessing, Fowl and Glosser families for starring in our intro video.  Here is the presentation from last night, please spread it far and wide.  Also, there is still time to email the Parks Board if you have not done so already.  Do it today. 

Dawn Janow, djanow@biparks.org(link sends e-mail), Board Chair 





Come on all bike advocates! If you want mountain bike trails on Bainbridge Island as much as we do, join us at the May 6 Parks Board Meeting at 6:00pm. Login info below. We need as many bike supporters as possible to zoom in! We will strongly advocate for the trails at Grand Forest North and then those opposing the proposal will advocate for their position. Make sure folks can see you support bike trails at Grand Forest; wear a helmet make a sign, get creative. The meeting may be long and we know it is a school/work night, but do your best to be there when we start and stay as long as you can. While we still prefer the original proposal, based on conversations and the concerns of many in the Bainbridge community, we will also be sharing a modified proposal as well. See attached. As part of this, the skills zone would be moved to a different location and the trails would be scaled back. While this does not do as good a job addressing the growing needs of the mountain biking community, it would be wonderful addition to our Parks and a lot of fun for mountain bikers. No matter how the current debate turns out we will continue to advocate for Parks to meet the needs of the mountain bike community. Log in info is: https://zoom.us/(link is external) 1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 857 0897 5107









Thursday May 6 at 6pm the Parks Board considers the Grand Forest North proposal. This is a critical meeting and we need everyone who supports adding mountain bike trails to our Island to be there. More details on our advocacy for this project soon. Spread the word.
Log in info is:
1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 857 0897 5107
Passcode: 078257

We have learned that the street signs put up by a group opposed to the Grand Forest North proposal have been removed without the approval of that group.  From our conversations with members of the mountain bike community, we understand there is frustration about how the Parks Board process has unfolded.  However, we need to make sure that all voices in our community are heard whether we agree with them or not.  If anyone in the mountain bike community was involved in the removal of the signs, please return them immediately to where they were posted.  If you are interested in supporting the Grand Forest North proposal, you need to communicate your support to the Parks Board and attend the May 6 Parks Board meeting.  Details to come.  And let's keep it positive!


Next Parks Board meeting moved to May 6 at 6pm.


The Bainbridge Review article on Grand Forest North was posted on Friday. https://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/bike-trail-idea-a-mountain-of-debate/ 


We Support Grand Forest North Mountain Bike TrailsDownload your copy now.  Use it for your emails to the Board and share with your friends.  

 
The names and email addresses for the two Board members we are emailing: Dawn Janow, djanow@biparks.org, Board Chair and Tom Swolgaard Board member on Trail Committee, jtswolgaard@biparks.org
The basic points to make: you and your family (and/or friends) mountain bike and support the addition of mountain bike trails at Grand Forest North. You would use the trails and encourage other mountain bikers to use them. Feel free to include your photo of parents and kids mountain biking. As always, keep it positive.


  
Thanks for all the emails and the strong support at the February 18, 2021, Park District Board meeting. This was the first of several Board meetings on this proposal. We need to do everything we can to show how important this proposal is for kids and families on the Island. We need more emails or letters to the Park District. They received 60 this week and this is only a small fraction of Island mountain bikers. Emails and letters make a difference! Send in an email to Parks right away letting them know you want this project. The names and email addresses are: Dawn Janow, djanow@biparks.org, Board Chair and Tom Swolgaard Board member on Trail Committee, jtswolgaard@biparks.org.
Sending a letter is also a great idea. The postal address:
Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
7666 NE High School Road
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
The basic points to make: you and your family (and/or friends) mountain bike and support the addition of mountain bike trails at Grand Forest North. You would use the trails and encourage other mountain bikers to use them. Feel free to include your photo of parents and kids mountain biking. As always, keep it positive.

More to come soon.
 

If you want mountain bike trails on Bainbridge; its time to act. On February 18, 2021, the Bainbridge Island Park District Board will have its first consideration of a proposal to add mountain biking trails to Grand Forest North. These would be the first mountain bike specific trails in our parks! The design was developed by the Park District and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance along with our input. Four separate beginner and intermediate flow trails and a skills/learning area. The existing multiuse loop will be retained and expanded. 
We need your help to send emails and letters and attend zoom meeting.
Send in an email to Parks right away letting them know you want this project. The names and email addresses are: Dawn Janow, djanow@biparks.org, Board Chair and Tom Swolgaard Board member on Trail Committee, jtswolgaard@biparks.org.

Sending a letter is also a great idea. The postal address:
Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
7666 NE High School Road
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

The basic points to make: you and your family (and/or friends) mountain bike and support the addition of mountain bike trails at Grand Forest North. You would use the trails and encourage other mountain bikers to use them. Feel free to include your photo of parents and kids mountain biking. As always, keep it positive.

Log in to the February 18 zoom meeting at 6:00. The more logins we get, the more the Board will see the level of support. The zoom login information is: Zoom Virtual Meeting Meeting ID: 885 1917 4483 Passcode: 987724
Contact other mountain bikers and ask them to email or write the Board and log in to the Park District February 18 meeting.
  
The proposed design 

 
 

 
Who are we?  The Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club (BIMBC) was formed to support mountain biking on Bainbridge Island.  We raise funds and support the Gear Grinders middle school and high school mountain biking teams. We also promote the development of mountain bike facilities on Bainbridge Island.  We proposed that the Park District build the highly popular Jay's Pump Track at Battle Point.  We raised funds for that project and worked with the Park District to organize park volunteers to build it.  
 

 
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The Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club was formed to support mountain biking on Bainbridge Island.  One of our primary missions is to raise funds and support the Gear Grinders middle school and high school mountain biking teams.   These teams are not official school-sponsored sports and our funding for coach training, rider development, transportation, equipment, and other supplies comes from membership fees and donations. The current activities of the Club are fund raising for the middle school teams and promoting mountain biking on Bainbridge Island.  

The Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club is recognized as a non-profit organization per IRC Section 501(c)(3).  Our tax identification number is 47-2347713.  The Club Board members include John Benjes, Gordon Black, Pieter Mulier, Scott Westerhout, Scott Lindquist and Dani Stoehr.  Please contact the Club at info@geargrinders.org if you want have more information.  Our By-laws are at BIMBC By-laws.

If you want to donate to the Club please visit Pay Pal at the link below.  Formal fund raising for Grand Forest Trails will only begin if the Parks Board approves the project and receives a permit to proceed.