The mountain bike trail that changed an agency
Best practices for either establishing a new bike optimized off-road trail system or better managing your current network.
by Nancy Desmond, Director of Special Projects, Cleveland Metroparks, Andy Williamson, Great Lakes Region Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Cleveland Metroparks recently built nearly 10 miles of single-track mountain bike trail, successfully navigating the tricky politics of strong support and strong opposition, both internally and externally. This bold move provided much-needed trail access for the region while changing the internal culture of the agency. Attendees will hear firsthand how the process went, what worked and what didn’t, and best practices for either establishing a new bike optimized off-road trail system or better managing your current network.
Nancy Desmond is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional and has been in the field for 15
years. Nancy is currently the Director of Special Projects at Cleveland Metroparks. Her work includes a trails public outreach program to raise money, recruit volunteers, and educate users 5 about sustainable trail care. She works closely with bicycle advocacy groups, including the International Mountain Biking Association, along with hiking, running, and equestrian trail users.
Nancy is an avid mountain biker, and trail runner.
Andy Williamson currently serves as the IMBA Great Lakes Region Director, supporting local off-road cycling organizations and land managers in the creation, protection, and promotion of trails across the region. Previously, Andy held the position of Outdoor Recreation Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio. He is founder of the Miami Valley Cycling Summit, sits on the City of Dayton’s Bike/Walk Task Force and serves on the Board of Directors for Bike Miami Valley, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) and UpDayton. As an outdoor professional, advocate and enthusiast Andy enjoys all forms of active outdoor endeavors.