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Where to build jumps/drops/berms....
The problem with Boston Forest is that it is very wet. True, there are some parts that have some reasonable drainage, but overall, it is either flat or for the hillsides, has seeps coming out all over the place. There are some existing trails there that are extremely muddy. I am afraid that if we built some gracity trails there, then people would naturally be inclined to try out all the others and then we'd have muddy messes that could hurt us elsewhere.
In the short term, I am really busy on working on a couple of WNYMBA projects that need to be taken of soon, namely the white trail reroute in Ellicottville and the a grant proposal for funds for trail building in Allegany. So I can't help right now. However, perhaps Ben C. or Greg C. can help pursuing the Emery option as they have been the ones interfacing with Erie County mostly these days.
I'd always be available however to help out on maps for a proposal since I really like doing mapping stuff.
Another place of interest would be Boston Forrest County Park(off 219), I hiked it thoroughly last week,plenty of potential lines there as well. Emery's proximity to Hunters Creek might make it a better location though.
Boogenman,good point. Integrating features into existing trails would be awesome, and seems to be the norm outside of WNY. I really like a dedicated trail though, because you can link more features,and make it flow a little more.
Jon,let me know anything I can do to help get the ball rolling on this. I'm willing to spend a ton of time to have someplace to ride.
Obby, Join the club if you haven't already and we can attend a meeting together to get some ideas. I would really like to see some jumps and drops integrated into the existing trails at places like Sprauge Brook. I don;t have time to ride dedicated freeride trails but it would be nice to have some more fun built into what we already ride.
I joined a few months ago and I have had the itch to light some fires.
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