Hey, mountain bikers

A loyal reader has asked us to post notice of a meeting of the Willamalane parks agency over in Springfield. At issue here is mountain biking.

It’s funny that I rarely write about mountain biking here, as it used to be a huge part of my life. But maybe I’d get back into it if there were more places to ride that were close to town.

And in fact, there is a local mountain biking club, called Disciples of Dirt, that has been working on correcting this. I understand that they have had limited success working with Eugene parks officials, but now they are trying to work with with Willamalane to see about getting some trails built in south Springfield.

Here’s a notice that was posted on the Disciples of Dirt forum:

Hey guys and gals,

My name is Taylor Bushnell … one of the DOD board members. I am working hard to develop a masterplan to be approved with Willamalane and Springfield for trails near Dorris Ranch and Clearwater park.

This Tuesday night, Willamalane is having a meeting for public input into planning the use of Clearwater Park. I would love to have a bunch of mountain bikers show up, especially if you live in Springfield (but Eugene cyclists should show up as well). If we show up in numbers they will see that we really want to get access.

The meeting is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 8. It is at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation, 250 S. 32nd St., in Springfield.

You may remember that Clearwater Park is the beginning of that new paved bike path that will eventually connect to Dorris Ranch.

Personally, I’d love to see more mountain bike trails close in to town.

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