Volunteers built new singletrack for mountain bikers in eastern Massachusetts this spring, and more is on the way.
According to the New England Mountain Bike Association, Greater Boston NEMBA volunteers created shared-use singletrack at Middlesex Fells Reservation in April. It was a long time coming. Volunteers almost broke ground on the project five years ago when the Stoneham Conservation Commission argued it could hurt wetlands. The claim was later found to be without merit, but it kicked off a series of battles for mountain biking access at the Fells that has lasted years. Ultimately, though, volunteers were able to create the Dark Hollow Pond Trail at the Fells, a fun trail that takes advantage of surrounding forest topography and features.
Meanwhile, volunteers from North Shore and Merrimack Valley NEMBA teamed up in April to build new singletrack in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts. On April 13, they built a new, sustainable trail at Winnekenni Park, a 700-acre park along the shores of Lake Kenoza. And NEMBA officials say approvals are already in the works to build more trails in the Kenoza area.