August 2013: UPDATE
The Northern Virginia Park Authority received two excellent RFP submissions for the Fountainhead Black Loop redesign. The first submission was a joint effort from Ironwood Outdoors and Bergrad Trails.
Ironwood Outdoors run by Brock Lowery, was one of the prime contractors on the Green and Blue Loop redesign effort that took place last year. Bergrad trails is operated by Geoff Allen. Geoff lives local to Fountainhead, rides there often and was the volunteer who came in and fixed some of the trail issues out on the Blue loop using his own machine and time.
The second submission came from 402Trails, owned and operated by Brad Stone. Brad also worked on the Green and Blue trails and was responsible for the highly acclaimed and well received Big Flow Berms that are his signature style of building.
We are proud to report that the Park has gone forward and selected the design from Bergrad and Ironwood Outdoors. Congratulations to Geoff and Brock!!
We would like to send a special THANK YOU to Brad Stone and his crew at 402Trails. Fountainhead would not be the place that it is today without his vision and expertise as a master trail builder.
Since receiving the design from Bergrad/Ironwood Outdoors the Fountainhead Project has been working closely with the builders to further refine and expand the design to further meet the needs of the Fountainhead Mountain Bike Community. The below map represents the latest update we have. The lines were generated from GPS tracks that followed the actual pin flags that have been placed in the ground.
With this design it is proposed that 4.8 miles of new trail be built, 2.5 miles of the existing trail will be retained and 1.5 miles of unsustainable trail be closed. This will bring the distance of the current Black Loop from 3.93 miles to approximately 5.2 miles. When completed the new trail with all three loops should be approximately 13.3 to 13.5 miles long.
As with the first project, Vulcan Quarries has stepped up to provide us the much needed stone to further enhance the Black Diamond experience of the new trail. To be exact they have agreed to donate 7 loads of stone ranging in size of “Baby Heads” to Boulders.
THANK YOU VULCAN!!!
The new Black loop will incorporate; jumps, drops, rollers, berms, boardwalks and of course a rock garden or two.
The Black Loop project is being funded by a matching grant from the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the VA Bureau of Land Management. To maximize 100% of the $152,000 available under the grant a matching $30,400 in cash, labor, service and material donations must be raised. Cash and labor donations totally approximately 22K have been raised to date but we need more. Click on the DONATE NOW button to help the project directly with cash. Every dollar raised will go directly to building trail. And please look for announcements regarding work days. Under Recreational Trail Project guidelines, for every volunteer hour donated, $22.03 can be applied towards matching requirements.
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