Trail design and earnest construction began over 15 years ago by a group of mountain bike advocates called BLAST. With the steady growth in popularity of the sport, local volunteer leadership was formed, and by 2006 the group DirtWirx oversaw regular maintenance and improvements to the trails at Hillside park. However, this trail’s long and rich history meant that its design was laid out prior to the establishment of modern purpose-built, sustainable trail design principles. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) helped to create and implement these best practices in sustainable planning, design, construction, and maintenance standards. In recent years the DirtWirx volunteers have worked diligently and fervently to combat the ceaseless tide of erosion seen at the park.
This past Spring, the City of Elk River evaluated and determined the time was ripe to invest in the trails and rehabilitate the park through implementing a new, sustainable trail design. Recognizing MORC as a long established local leader in off-road trails, the City of Elk River began discussions with the non-profit organization towards establishing an official partnership to ensure the health and longevity of the trails at Hillside Park. Today MORC is pleased to announce this partnership has come to fruition. Trail users at Hillside Park can expect to see improvements and trail realignment beginning as early as Fall 2016, and continue over the next several years. Special attention and effort will be made to capitalize and highlight the unique landscape, topography, and trail experience users have come to know and love at Hillside Park.
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