After a lot of hard work and long hours, the board was finally presented with the final proposal that we will be submitting for the SOAR grant. The board authorized the chairman to submit our proposal for $205,300. This will cover numerous items that the park needs to accomplish before opening; such as trail development, rehabilitating the main building, environmental sustainability, and hiring a park administrator. Getting this grant would mean quite a bit in our goal of opening the park. We'll keep you posted on the status!
Some members have been gathering rough estimates from surveying companies on a complete survey for Hollerwood Park. This type of survey is needed for a number of reasons, such as defining land boundaries, trail development, access point planning, etc. The estimates seemed reasonable enough that the board decided to open the bidding process for this type of survey. The board will be running ads in the local newspapers of Estill, Lee, Powell, and Wolfe Counties for bids. Once these bids come in, the board will review them and notify the winner if one is chosen. If you're interested in submitting a bid, keep checking the local newspapers.
Jeff Dozier has been working hard to secure a grant from the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association that would pay for dynamic, downloadable maps that could be purchased by riders for all trails developed at Hollerwood Park through the company CartTracks. The maps a downloaded locally to the phone and work with GPS, so cellular service is not required while using the maps, it's only required when downloading the map for the first time. To learn more about how the maps work, check out CartoTrack's website.
Trails get messy. You cut tress down, clean the trails, then they grow back. This is the problem we had to address. We worked with Casey Cravens who helped us organize a trail clean up effort on Saturday, Decemeber 5th. Groups of riders and supports came out with hatchets, axes, chainsaws, and a strong desire to keep the trails we currently have as clean as possible. For this, we thank them! We've got a great base of supporters who are just as eager as we are to get this park open!