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New mountain bike trail in the works


ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- This weather has a lot of people excited about the outdoors and it looks like Rochester may get a new mountain bike trail.

Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is teaming up with the Gamehaven Council to try and make that happen.

Tuesday afternoon, both groups presented the possibility to the Board of Park Commissioners.

RASC hopes to create at least 6 miles of mountain bike trails at Gamehaven Scout Reservation.

"It just gives us the opportunity to develop more youth programs and get the kids off on the right start," said Jeff Robertson, with RASC.

The plan would be split into three phases.

Phase 1 would start off of 45th Street SE, phase 2 on Boy Scout property, and phase 3 by the wetlands.

"It's unlimited use then of the camp property. You just have to let the camp manager know you're coming on and bike to your heart's content," said KC Reed, with Gamehaven Council.

Over the past 7 years there's been a decrease in mountain bike trails.

RASC had wanted to put biking trails in Indian Heights Park.

But the brakes were put on the project in recognition of the park being a Native American sacred site.

"That site just looked like it wasn't going to be feasible for mountain biking," Robertson said.

Gamehaven's trail would accommodate both beginners as well as more experienced riders.

It would be a huge help for the Rochester Mountain Bike Team.

"We have kids that range from... they have basically never ridden a mountain bike before, all the way to kids who have been racing for ten years," said Brian Gregg, with the RMBT.

With 21 members, its the largest in the Midwest.

"It would be fantastic for the mountain bike community in Rochester to have another option," added Maynard Johnson, with the RMBT.

The project would need about $12,000 to buy a fence that would protect the face of the dam at Gamehaven.

The Board of Park Commissioners will vote on the plan next month.

Shortly after, Rochester City Council will vote on funding.

If things go as planned, the trail would be built in the fall.

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