International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) in Iowa? Professional trail planning by IMBA Trail Solutions in Linn County? You heard right, that is not a rumor, rather, a reality. IMBA Trail Solutions staff spent a week and a half on the ground in Wanatee Park and Pinicon Ridge Parks, evaluating the spaces for potential singletrack trail options. The Linn Area Mountain Bike Association, now an IMBA chapter club, raised the $20,000 with the help of Linn County Trails Association, Marion Hotel Motel grant money, and private donors, to bring IMBA to town to provide professional concept plans for the two Linn County Parks. Professional concepts planning assists land managers and our organization in looking at long-range goals and planning, while incorporating singletrack into those discussions. 

While in town, Trail Solutions not only investigated all areas of the parks, but also spoke to local park managers, officials from Linn County Conservation, the City of Cedar Rapids, and the City of Marion. In addition, they met with advocates and riders from the local mountain bike community to explain trail concepts and gather information about the current singletrack options and the dreams of singletrack users.

Next steps include gaining permissions from the land managers, evaluating building models, and more fundraising. To date, permission has been granted by the Linn County Conservation Board to incorporate the first phases of the green trail at Squaw Creek Park.

A great big thank you to all who have supported LAMBA, continue to support LAMBA, and those who keep on supporting us as we work through these exciting projects. Here’s to great riding!

Fundraising for trails is and ongoing process and LAMBA is always accepting tax-deductible donations to help support new singletrack. Click our Donate page if you want to help fund Linn County singletrack!

Wanatee Park Trails Plan – CONCEPT

Pinicon Ridge Trails Plan – CONCEPT

Wanatee Park Trails Map – CONCEPT

Pinicon Ridge Trails Map – CONCEPT