EVTA seeks grants for trail development

By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com
The purple diamond is the site of more mountain bike trail development by Elkin Valley Trails Association. To the northwest of that, the blue dot will be the site of a new trail bridge, with the red being 36 acres the state is appraising and the yellow an additional 78 acres of potential private development. - Map courtesy of EVTA

The Elkin Valley Trails Association has been working to secure additional funding needed to complete a new bridge project at what has been coined Crooked Creek.

The bridge project, which also is part of an Elkin High School senior project, is at the end of where the E&A Rail-Trail currently ends above the town reservoir.

Adam McComb, director of recreation and parks for the town, told commissioners recently that the EVTA has secured $25,000 from the state budget and $5,000 from the Winston-Salem Foundation to help with a match for a pending grant to fund the project. Trail builders hope to hear in late October or early November if the Recreation Trust Program grant has been awarded.

In other trail updates, McComb said the state is appraising 36 acres of property adjoining the town’s land just north of the end of the trail as well. In similar fashion to how the state purchased and then released the land at Carter Falls, state officials may negotiate with the land owner to acquire the 36 acres where the trail will continue toward already completed trails between Elkin and Stone Mountain.

“That will be something hopefully we’ll hear good news on in the next six to nine months,” McComb said.

Another 78 acres adjacent to the northwest border of the 36 acres also has potential for development through private means, he said.

In addition to property plans, the mountain bike trail development has been awarded $25,000 from the state budget, and Surry County’s tourism group may be providing funding, McComb said, to help add another three miles of mountain bike trail on the property to the east of Big Elkin Creek near the existing trails.

A $100,000 grant for engineering and bridge planning costs for a bridge to span Big Elkin Creek at the base of Carter Falls is pending, McComb reported. EVTA has a $50,000 cash match and another $25,000 in state budget money for that project.

Trail work continues on segments east of the Mitchell River along the Yadkin River area and N.C. 268, as well as to connect Crater and Chatham parks.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

The purple diamond is the site of more mountain bike trail development by Elkin Valley Trails Association. To the northwest of that, the blue dot will be the site of a new trail bridge, with the red being 36 acres the state is appraising and the yellow an additional 78 acres of potential private development.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_EVTA-Update-September-18-2_formatted.jpgThe purple diamond is the site of more mountain bike trail development by Elkin Valley Trails Association. To the northwest of that, the blue dot will be the site of a new trail bridge, with the red being 36 acres the state is appraising and the yellow an additional 78 acres of potential private development. Map courtesy of EVTA

By Wendy Byerly Wood

wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com