By Will Hoyer
Progress continues on the new singletrack mountain bike system being constructed at Interstate Power Preserve (IPP) south of Dubuque. This county-owned preserve will, by sometime late this summer or early fall, be open for riding and feature 7 miles of professionally-built trails on the steep, wooded terrain. Trail construction has been slowed somewhat due to recent wet weather, but already nearly two miles of trails have been built by Landowski Trailworx, one of the Midwest’s premier trail-building companies. Despite the heavy rains, a walking tour of what has already been constructed showed the value of expert construction, with very little damage from runoff.
TMBR has completed fundraising for the IPP trails, raising $175,000 from many donors, including substantial contributions from the Wellmark Foundation, ITC, the McCoy Group, Grant Wood Loop, Hodge, Richard Biechler, and McGraw Hill.
In May an exciting new trail project was announced, with John Deere Dubuque Works donating 137 acres to Dubuque County for a new park on Dubuque’s north end. This park, located across the road from the Deere facility, will feature a new picnic pavilion and disc golf course as well as new trails. TMBR is working closely with Dubuque County to raise the estimated $350,000 necessary to build out the park and has already identified funding for over $200,000. Like at IPP, singletrack trails at the yet-to-be-named park will likely total around 6 to 7 miles, and construction will be completed next year.
Between the trails that opened last year at Asbury’s Cloie Creek Park, the Interstate Power Preserve, the John Deere project, and others that are in the developmental stage, TMBR is well on its way toward achieving its goal of being designated a Ride Center by the International Mountain Bike Association by 2025. For more information about TMBR, these projects, or to donate, please visit http://www.tmbrtrails.org.