Tuesday, June 15, 2010  
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“Were it not for their tireless commitment to my constituents and my portfolio, I would not have received this honour.”
- MP Ted Menzies  
- on winning “Hardest   
Working Parliamentarian”   
$380,000 trail system and skills park in the works
 
An internationally-accredited mountain bike system is on its way to the Crowsnest Pass, with funding fully in place, and the first concrete steps are underway to bring the dream to reality in the near future. The project, administered by Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, will add to the community's reputation as a destination for outdoor recreation.
Daniel Scott, a Trail Specialist with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), arrived in the Pass in early June to spend three weeks building a master plan for the project.
He will be involved in determining where looped trails could be developed, and will help train crew members and supervisors for the project. His involvement puts an international stamp on the project that will enable the community to host several types of professional mountain biking events in the future. With the IMBA's hand in the project, it is designed to turn the Pass into an international mountain biking destination that will attract riders from throughout Canada.
John Przeczek has been hired as project consultant, along with Dave Whitten as field supervisor and Wade Aebli as field manager. Together, working with Scott, they are aiming to make this project an on-the-ground reality this summer.
Shar Lazzarotto, with Community Futures, says that Przeczek and Whitten will be starting work on the skills park component of the plan, a process that will involve the municipality. The skills park will likely be located near the base of the ski hill, and will replace the former BMX area in Blairmore.
 
Lazzarotto says that they hope to have the master plan for the trails, which is proposed to feature up to ten looped mountain bike trails centred on the skills park, by mid- to late-July. In the meantime, they will focus on training workers for the project and performing mapping, among other goals.
Once the planning is in place, she says, they hope to start the groundwork later in the summer and possibly have the skills park complete by the time summer ends. Two summer students will be helping on the project, along with volunteers from Katimavik and the United Riders of Crowsnest group.
"We're very, very fortunate to have the IMBA involved right off the bat," says Lazzarotto. "I think this will be really good for the Crowsnest Pass. I'm hoping we'll see a lot of economic spin off it. It's pretty exciting."
For people who want to be involved in the project, a free trail building workshop will be held June 26 and 27. The workshop will teach the basics of sustainable trail construction, through both classroom learning and a field component. The workshop will cover all types of trails, with a focus on mountain bike trails.
Scott, who is being housed at no cost by the Best Canadian Motor Inn, says that any bicycler who wants to be involved should consider signing up for the workshop. People can sign up at the Stone's Throw Cafe. All costs related to the workshop are being covered by the project, which has received funding from the Rural Development Initiative and numerous community partners.
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