HMBA requests funds Town funds in 2021

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The Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) made a formal request to continue the municipal funding as agreed upon in the Hinton Mountain Bike Park Operating Agreement with the Town of Hinton.

This funding is detailed as $15,000 annually towards the regular operation of the park and

$7,000 annually towards a Bike Park Reserve to be used for major capital enhancement and expansion.

“For 2021, we are asking to keep things the same, while recognizing that in an ideal world we would probably be spending $20,000 to $30,000 on maintenance every year,” said Suzanne Stevenson, from HMBA during the standing committee meeting on Nov. 10.

The current funds maintain the level of safety for bike park users, she explained.

The annual maintenance fund is critical to maintaining the safety and quality of the bike park trails and features.

HMBA engages Jay Hoots through Hoots Inc. to evaluate and assess all features and collaboratively with the town administration determine the areas most in need of maintenance.

Stevenson added that safety of the park is important, and if an accident were to occur in the bike park, both the town and volunteer association can say they did their due diligence in working with Jay Hoots to ensure the bike park is at a level that is safe for anyone to come enjoy.

“The annual contribution to the Bike Park Reserve ensures that our features and trails stay up to

date and are continually attracting new riders and progressing the skills of local enthusiasts,” said Stevenson in her letter to council.

She also stated that the association doesn’t have any current plans for new projects or expansions and that HMBA is not requesting to remove funds from the capital reserve.

Stevenson noted that a big accomplishment this year was recording over 500 volunteer hours.

“Just goes to show how important these trails are to everyone,” Stevenson said.

The organization currently has 215 members, 525 recorded volunteer hours, over 1200 users per month in the bike park and over 500 users per month on Hinton’s trails.

This year, HMBA completed a one kilometre additional downhill flow-style trail built on the Bighorn Ridge.

The 2020 Growler race saw 35 racers, 20 volunteers, and an after party at Folding Mountain.

Over 20 volunteers participated at each spring maintenance night, 60 hours were put into the bike park before professional maintenance, with many weekends and evenings on the Bighorn Ridge trails.

Masha Scheele, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hinton Voice