As part of our drive to develop the Nelson Trail Network we are seeking supporters to help fund key aspects of trail development and project management. While our Trustees will continue to provide a high level of in-kind contribution to Trust project work, there are many aspects of project managing this level of trail development and management that carry a real cost.
One of the strengths of the Trust is being able to work in a professional space, and during the week. Not being constrained solely by volunteer weekends enables the Trust to make rapid progress when building. However, to make this possible the Trust needs to cover the costs of professional track design, access rights and easements, Environmental Impacts Assessments and managing the high quality builds we are already known for. These are real costs that out Trustees cannot cover.
For corporate level supporters we'll work with donors to provide recognition and visibility via our website and Facebook, as well as provide a tax invoice as donations are tax deductible. Our standard level of supporter investment for businesses is $1000, but we welcome any level. The Trust is highly efficient in its trail delivery mechanism, and turns small levels of investment into amazing trails very quickly. If you're interested in investing in the momentum, contact any of our Trustees in the first instance, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download our 'Become a Supporter' document here.
Our present major project focus requiring significant funding is the Hackett-Starveall-Lee loop with an estimated cost of $165,000 (excluding in-kind donations). The Hackett-Lee-Starveall loop will be sure to become a 'must ride' and naming rights to the trail (subject to DOC approval) will give a major supporter or sponsor national and international exposure for many years.
We have also invested $12,500 in accreditation/assessment costs to achieve International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Gold Ride Centre designation. IMBA's August 2015 intake of Ride Centres has seen Nelson and Rotorua join Park City, Utah as the only Ride Centres in the world with Gold designation. Bike Taupo, the only other New Zealand IMBA Ride Centre, has a silver designation. This is confirmation that our off-road trail network is a world class facility, complimenting the significant work already completed with urban cycleways and the NZ Cycle Trail projects. The MTB Trails Trust is proud to have driven this project, which reflects a ton of volunteer time over the last 20 years, as well as a very modest investment from other organisations (particularly NCC, TDC and DOC).
The Nelson Trail Network
Map below shows the Nelson components of the Epic Trails network inter-connecting with the various smaller trail clusters either already in place or planned to be completed.
Key to areas:
- Sharlands Creek
- Codgers MTB Park
- Fringed Hill
- Pipers Reserve
- Marsden Valley
- Silvan Forest
- Kingsland Forest
- Tunnicliffe Forest
- Rabbit Island