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Consultation Meeting about Garvagh Forest Trails

12 Nov 2013 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)
Trail designers Architrail, ORNI and Coleraine Council all made short presentations to a packed room tonight at the Jim Watt leisure centre in Garvagh, focusing on a draft design for a new mountain bike trail network within Garvagh Forest.  All funding-dependent, of course.

Phil Saxena from Architrail made the main presentation of the proposed trails, which don't actually follow the existing trails (apart from circa 800 metres), with feedback, questions and discussion then sought from all present.  If you don't know Garvagh Forest, it's a fantastic hidden gem, and the new proposals and Phil's outline of how he sees the trails going on to be developed sounded fantastic and seemed to excite all present.

Great to see this project getting some real legs, as it was a NIMBA approach to Coleraine Council that kicked it off originally through contacts with Carn Wheelers, NIMBA's largest club member - a real bottom-up effort!  The Carn Wheelers are vital to this project, and the Council has said they will work closely with the club to ensure these trails are a success.

Outdoor Recreation are now managing the delivery of the project, and a timeframe of circa 12 months from now was discussed as a viable time frame to get trails on the ground.  Again, all funding dependent, and the search for funds is ongoing.
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