William Hastie Celebration!

JOIN US THIS FRIDAY TO CELEBRATE THE EXPANSION OF WILLIAM HASTIE NATURAL AREA!

At 3pm on Friday, December 10th club City leaders, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club trail-building enthusiasts and Urban Wilderness advocates will gather at the William Hastie Natural Area to celebrate a 27-acre expansion of this section of the Urban Wilderness – as well as the start of construction on 2 miles of new trails in the park.

*** NOTE: Parking at the site is extremely limited, please Hike or Bike into the Trailhead at 1302 Margaret Road. Parking and Shuttle is available at the Anderson School Trailhead, 4808 Prospect Road. Shuttle service will begin at 2:15. 

“We’re excited about the diversity of experiences made possible by this most recent park addition,” said AMBC Executive Director Matthew Kellogg. “The William Hastie new trail plan will increase beginner trail opportunities within the park, add an additional intermediate loop from the trailhead, and provide two-directional mountain bike trails to the rockier south side of the new property.”

Last spring, AMBC put the 27 acres under contract, with the intent of adding it to the City’s William Hastie Natural Area park. More than 300 proud land donors contributed to make the purchase a reality, with the City of Knoxville funding $100,000, roughly half the purchase investment. Vee Hollow in Townsend matched donations for the land purchase, and Harper Auto Square has pledged a $20,000 matching donation toward construction. (Interested donors, visit www.ambcknox.org/donate.)

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AMBC Small Projects – This weekend!

We need your help to keep our trail networks in great shape. Join us this weekend for a small project sponsored by Audi Knoxville! See below for more information and to register for the projects.

Saturday 3/27 from 9-12

Turnbuckle Bridge Repair – Register
Transfarm Bridge Building – Register
Hastie Treadwork – Register

Sunday 3/28 from 9-12

Sharps Ridge Treadwork – Register

AMBC Updates

AMBC will be postponing all upcoming group events for the foreseeable future. With the health and safety of the community in mind we encourage everyone to do their part and to play it safe. Wash those hands, avoid close contact, stay home if you’re sick, and follow other CDC guidelines.

 

Knoxville has a great network of trails and as of now all parks remain open!!  We encourage trail users to get some fresh air while practicing their #socialdistancing

Avoid group rides

Stay off the Bike park at Baker Creek!!! (it’s a construction site)

Don’t travel to ride

Clean Drainage dips

Lop Sight lines on your favorite trails

Email Kellogg for loaner tools

Be Safe!!!

(the last place you want to be is at the ER…)

Events:

We have seen events and races postponed or canceled, as they get rescheduled, we’ll fill you in!!!

What we know:

3/22 Bell Joy Ride and Potluck at Loyston has been canceled

3/23 AMBC Meeting has been canceled – we’ll post this information and any additional news as meeting minutes next week. Please note that South Coast Pizza remains open for carryout and gift card purchases

3/29 Waucheesi Bike Race has been canceled

4/18 AMBC Concord Work Party postponed, date TBD

4/19 TVB Knoxville MTB Checkpoint Race has been rescheduled to June 28th

4/25 AMBC Urban Wilderness Work Party postponed, date TBD

 

Continue to support our Local businesses!

Phone them up for gift cards, order take out, air high five them. Help them weather this storm.

 

If you have any other questions or thoughts, feel free to reach out to our Executive Director, Matthew Kellogg kellogg@ambcknox.org .  Our volunteer Board of Directors and Director will continue to push club business forward remotely.