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08-05-2016 02:32p    Comments: 0    Categories: Chamber News      Tags: mountain bike trails  community bike trails  killington  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5, 2016

 

TOWN OF KILLINGTON BREAKS GROUND ON MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL SYSTEM

Proposed network will link Resort trails with U.S. Forest Service Land


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killington, VT – Construction on the first three miles of an extensive mountain bike trail network in Killington hasbegun, marked by a formal groundbreaking today. Town officials, residents, and mountain bike enthusiasts gathered for the ceremony kicking off the project which, when completed, will boast 15+ miles of mountain bike trails.

 

The Killington Selectboard first approved the project in 2014, and in April of this year, the Town was awarded a $50,000 Recreational Trails Program Grant from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. The first trails to be constructed adjacent to Kent Pond are part of a larger town-wide initiative to link Killington Resort’s mountain biking trails with the greater Killington community and nearby public lands.  Elevating the region’s status in the mountain bike market, it also further promotes the Town as a premier four-season destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

 

“We are really excited about our new trail system and what it means for our economic growth,” says Amy Morrison, director for the Killington Pico Area Association.  “These family-friendly trails will encourage fun for all ages and boost our desirability as a summer destination.”

 

The trail construction will be done by Sinuosity, a Morristown, Vermont-based trail development company with an extensive trail planning portfolio. Company founder and principal, Brooke Scatchard, has been recognized as the Vermont Mountain Bike Association trail builder of the year.

 

The trail system is a collaboration with the Killington Mountain Bike Club, a Vermont Mountain Bike Association Chapter, and the Town of Killington. The $50,000 grant requires a 20% match which will be fulfilled by the KMBC and the Town of Killington.  The KMBC has already held a number of fundraising events and have more planned to support the trail building efforts.  Club president, Ben Colona, says there has been a great response from local businesses and residents.  “Developing a cross country network will help meet the growing demand in the mountain market, and help to grow our summer business,” says Colona.

 

Mountain biking is a known economic driver in support of four season tourism promotion, with an impact over 10 times greater than the ski/snowboard market. A recent study conducted by the small town of East Burke, Vt., found that its trail network brings 40,000 annual visitors and an estimated $4 million annually to the economy.

 

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Amy Morrison

Town of Killington

amy@killingtontown.com

 
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