Wright County and Monticello are interested in working with a non-profit volunteer organization to create mountain bike trails within the Bertram Chain of Lakes.
The Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council approved a partnership memorandum of understanding concept with Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) during its monthly meeting March 1.
A partnership recommendation will be brought to the Wright County Board and Monticello City Council for formal consideration.
The community is invited to attend a meeting to kickoff the concept planning process. The 6 p.m. open house is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, at Monticello City Hall, 505 Walnut St.
The meeting will allow the public to provide input on trails, facility needs, opportunities and priorities. When complete, the planning process will provide a guide for future development, policies, funding and operations
There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m. regarding the project’s history and past planning efforts as well as information about the Bertram Chain of Lakes Friends Group, the grassroots organization that’s promoting the park effort.
“MORC is a very good group,” said Marc Mattice, Wright County Parks Administrator, during the March 1 advisory meeting. “They will apply for grant funds and provide labor.”
Mattice said mountain bike trails are part of the Bertram Chain of Lakes comprehensive plan. The current trails in the park are operated by Broadway Cycle in Monticello.
There are approximately 11 miles of existing trail that are currently being used for off-road cycling.
The existing trail does not meet sustainable standards in some areas; however, Matice said the short-term plan presented by MORC proposes the existing trails remain open to off-road cycling while the new sustainable trail system is developed.
MORC’s long-term proposal would be to work towards developing 15 miles of sustainable single-track bike trails that will become permanent. Because of funding unknowns, a phased approach has been suggested. Trail segments would be developed and opened as completed.
For more information about the proposed phased mountain bike trail within the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park, contact Marc Mattice with Wright County via phone at 763-682-7693 or email at [email protected]
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