July 2021 Membership Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s July Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday July 28th at 7pm at Stony Creek Metropark. There were 48 members in attendance.

River Bends

  • “Far Side Trail Project”/flow trail
    • Phase 1 completed – dubbed Spring Hill Trail
      • Cost $23,000
      • Raised so far $27,000
      • Considerations being made to build a kiosk at the trailhead to prevent vehicles from obstructing the path
    • Phase 2 will be approximately 1 mile of many elevation changes
      • Approximate cost $30,000
    • Phase 3 likely to be constructed by CRAMBA volunteers
    • $8620 donation from KLM as proceeds from their raffle
  • Pump Track
    • Approximate cost $225,000
    • Planned location: horseshoe pits at the 22 Mile Rd entrance
    • Currently pursuing grants and corporate sponsors
      • Permissions received to feature logos on the track surface
    • $30,000 commitment from Shelby Township

Addison Oaks

  • Currently in process of getting an MOU in place
  • Trail closure from 6am-2pm for trail work the week of August 1st

Bald Mountain

  • Approval for the Addison connector finally received, looking to start construction in the fall
  • CRAMBA has pledged to financially support a study conducted by Trail Sense on the southern area for possible development
    • Targeting an area near the swimming hole to develop a skills course, which will likely need to be hand-built
  • Lake Orion Township/Friendship Park – currently pursuing construction of mountain bike trails, possibly tie in with Lake Orion HS trail system
  • BM North – trail conditions: overgrown/trees down due to recent storms
  • Massive Fallout – potential to connect north and south, working with the township to see if they can provide a flashing intersection

Clinton River park trail

  • Mostly underwater the last week due to recent storms


  • 2 miles of new trails built during the last year, approval received from the park to mark out additional trail
  • Flooding from the river has made maintenance difficult; multiple trees down but unable to reach them

Pontiac Lake

  • Trees recently cleared, new features installed
  • New changing station to be installed near the bathrooms
  • Memorial benches to be installed around the park

Stony Creek

  • New Trail Coordinator – Aaron Barla
  • 2 additional sections of trail with wooden features to be finished before a “soft opening” can be held in the next few weeks
    • Grand Opening – TBD, to be coordinated by the park
    • Signage concerns – current indicators are too small to determine if it’s hiker/biker/2-way from a distance

Woodsong County Park

  • Info is up on TrailForks
    • Currently approximately 2 miles of trail, working on another ½ mile


  • Within the last week, trail map was posted
  • Group rides to be held at 6pm on Wednesdays

Bike Patrol

  • Vito Manzella has replaced Jeremy Verbeke
  • 62 active members (2nd largest chapter in the National Ski Patrol)
    • 10 new members
    • ~30 members refreshed their first aid skills
    • ~15 events currently on the calendar to provide support

Massive FallOut

  • Need to consider other events to make sure we are not overlapping/trails in use


  • Race to be held at Addison Oaks on 9/12


  • 424 active members


  • $66,684 (before payment to Trail Sense for River Bends Phase 1)

Trail Conditions

  • Reminder to Trail Coordinators – if you’re going to host trail days, please let us know so they can be more widely advertised
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