Unfortunately in 2016 we have already lost 35km to logging and with another 45km scheduled to go sometime in 2018, with both the Tait and Waipunga blocks (680ha) being logged over the next few years, which we have voluntary built up by hand over the last 20 years.
Fortunately, Pan Pac have generously allowed us access into the neighbouring 400ha forest block, that has direct access from the Ken Ross Reserve carpark on SH2 at the northern end of their Mill. Track work has been underway since 2012, now with approx 35km already completed, thanks to a small group of dedicated club volunteers, plus some professional / specialist contractor work.
The HBMTBC aim to build up to 50km of MTB trails in the Mill block, and plenty more in the Replanted block as well.
The Trailblazers Team of volunteers is run by the clubs Parks Manager, Ross Mepham. You’ll find the team out building trails most weekends (except over summer), with a specialist digging tool in their hands. They have a well structured plan, and in-depth knowledge of how to build quality, sustainable and fun trails of all difficulty levels.
|How can you Help?
Professionally built trails can cost anywhere between $4 – $14 per metre + gst, depending on the type and finish of trail !!!
Building by hand is inexpensive, however VERY slow (about 3 metres per hour – watch how they do it here)
We are seeking financial or volunteer support to help ensure the best results, and a great forest to ride in, for everyone.
OPTION 1: ——————————————————————————–
Become A Trailblazer Volunteer
If you can lend a hand, no matter how often, we would really appreciate hearing from you. Trail building is lots of fun, and very rewarding! By adding you to our email list, we will inform you of upcoming Working Bees, Trail Planning and catch up meetings that you can attend.
OPTION 2: ——————————————————————————–
Donate to our Trail Building Fund
We estimate that it would cost over $500,000 to fully develop the Mill block at Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park by paid contractor work. This is on top of the thousands of hours of volunteer time.
We desperately need funds to pay for digger time, trail signage, track building equipment and building materials. Can you please help? Any amount, large or small is much appreciated.
All donors will be listed on the TRAIL FUND SUPPORTERS BILLBOARD (unless you prefer to be anonymous).
To make a financial donation, you have 2 options:
• CHEQUE / CASH
Made out to Hawkes Bay MTB Club & post to Po Box 8360, Havelock North, 4157, or
Deliver to the clubs office @ Gemco Construction, 13 Martin Place, HvNth
Include your details and any specific request for where the funds go to.
• BANK TRANSFER
Make payment into the clubs Westpac bank account # 03-0658-0212392-00 & enter your name & Trail-Fund in the details and send us an email to let us know the details of your donation.
OPTION 3: ——————————————————————————–
Become a Trail Sponsor
Do you own a business? Do you think your employer could be interested in brand exposure? Or maybe your family could be keen on funding a specific trail?
Our club have close to 1800 members, and reaches out to a very wide audience – both within Hawkes Bay and further afield.
For a minimum of $500 sponsorship, you will receive the following:
- Sponsor name/logo on trail sign
- Sponsor name on the Parks Trail Sponsors Billboard (yet to be created)
- Name on the Supporters Billboard (on this webpage & in the weekly e-news)
- Acknowledgment in the clubs e-newsletter
Recognition of the sponsor will continue for the life of the trail, or until major reconstruction becomes necessary.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT