Park City,Utahrecently received the first, and only, world wide recognition from the International Mountain Biking Association by being the recipient of their “GoldLevelRideCenter”. This award was given to the community with the highest score for having the most complete list of amenities for a mountain biking destination area.ParkCityestimates that it may be getting close to a million uses on its trail system and with the average out of town visitor spending $50; it is becoming a major factor in the economy just as it has in other towns likeMoaband Whistler, BC. Mountain Trails Foundation held an awards ceremony last Wednesday to honor and deliver IMBA recognition awards to the people, entities, and property owners who were instrumental in the development of mountain biking in theParkCityarea.
One of the recipients of this award was local trail designer, builder, and past Mountain Bike Hall of Fame nominee, Don Taylor. He was honored for his efforts in creating memorable trails in theDeerValley, Deer Crest, andParkCityareas since the inception ofParkCity’s Mountain Trails Foundation over 25 years ago. Don has also been active in designing, and building, trails in the Dutch Hollow area ofWasatchMountainState Parkand is the Trails Coordinator for the non-profit group Friends of Wasatch Mountain State Park (www.friendsofwasatch.org) that helps raise funds for trails and other projects in our local state park. He also recently became a founding board member of the Wasatch Trails Alliance (www.wasatchtrailsalliance.org) which is a newly formed non-profit group for the advocacy, design, construction and maintenance of non-motorized trails in theHeberValleyarea. By joining these volunteer groups anyone can help promote trails for the betterment of our community, as dues and funds raised by these groups are only used for increasing, and maintaining, trails in the area.
Come join Don Taylor, and the other volunteers of both these great groups, on June 2nd , National Trails Day, at 9am at the Dutch Hollow parking lot which is just east of the Dutch Fields Subdivision, in Midway. There will be an official ribbon cutting and then they will finish trail work on the exciting new Prospect Trail in Dutch Hollow which has already been mentioned by the Salt Lake Tribune as a trail to experience! Additional Wasatch Mountain State Park trail maintenance days will be held the first Saturday of each month this summer in Dutch Hollow, or you can meet at Slim and Knobby’s Bike Shop at 520 N. Main Street, Heber on the first Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm or the third Saturdays at 9 am to join Wasatch Trails Alliance in working on new trails in theHeberValley.