The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), the organization credited for building more than 100 miles of mountain bike trails across Indiana, has officially signed on as the newest partner for the Stone Eater Bike Park. Through the partnership HMBA will be providing volunteer mobilization, training and management to support the initial construction of the park and to provide support for the ongoing maintenance of the facility when construction has been completed. HMBA will also be donating $10,000 for the construction of the park and support the project through a social media campaign.
“We have seen the success of facilities like this around the country and want to be a part of this project,” said Hoosier Mountain Bike Association President Paul Arlinghaus. “One of the most rewarding parts of building mountain bike trails throughout Indiana has been seeing families taking advantage of the trails. Building trails and trail facilities specifically for beginning riders has made it easier for parents to introduce their kids to outdoor recreation. As a result, we are seeing an increase in the number of young riders throughout the State of Indiana.”
The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association is made up of more than 500 members. HMBA is one of the largest mountain bike user groups in the Great Lakes Region and known for not only trail building, but also the advocacy, education, and outreach of mountain biking. For more information on joining HMBA or to learn more about volunteer opportunities and project that HMBA is support please go to www.hmba.com.
“The addition of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association to the Stone Eater Bike Park team represent another key partnership for the project”, said City of Lebanon Engineer and Stone Eater Bike Park Spokesman Kevin Krulik. “Having HMBA on board, willing to bring its level of expertise to the park’s development, will help us reach our goal of creating a community asset that is designed for riders of all ages, and abilities.”
Once complete, Lebanon’s progression based Stone Eater Bike Park will be a free and open to the public.
Construction on Stone Eater Bike Park is set for the Spring of this year, with a Grand Opening set for the Fall. For more information go: www.stoneeaterbikepark.com