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Percy Warner Park’s Branch Reserve Update

26 March 2011 No Comment

The master plan for Percy Warner Park was unveiled and it excluded a much desired mountain bike accessible trail at on the newly acquired Branch Reserve Property.

However, advocacy efforts have been successful in that the assistant director of planning and facilities states that mountain bike trails are in the future at areas in Percy Warner park.

A short report from our representative Carlyon Heichel follows:

“Although mountain bike trails were not part of the master plan for the new Burch Reserve property, according to Tim Netsch (Assistant Director Planning & Facilities – Metro Parks) mountain bike trails WILL be added in Percy Warner Park on a tract across the street (I think I’ve captured the approximate area below with the green circle but don’t hold me to the exact location).  I believe its about 120 acres.  Trail cutting will not start immediately (even with the high level of interest).  Metro parks (with assistance from SORBA) is coming up with a county-wide master plan for mountain bike trails “that will include PWP.  They will prioritize the projects, and I imagine PWP will be 2nd or 3rd on the list behind a couple other existing projects.  When the master plan is complete, I will definitely pass it on!”

Although mountain bike trails were not part of the master plan for the new Burch Reserve property, according to Tim Netsch (Assistant Director Planning & Facilities – Metro Parks) mountain bike trails WILL be added in Percy Warner Park on a tract across the street (I think I’ve captured the approximate area below with the green circle but don’t hold me to the exact location).  I believe its about 120 acres.  Trail cutting will not start immediately (even with the high level of interest).  Metro parks (with assistance from SORBA) is coming up with a county-wide master plan for mountain bike trails (this is very exciting!) that will include PWP.  They will prioritize the projects, and I imagine PWP will be 2nd or 3rd on the list behind a couple other existing projects.  When the master plan is complete, I will definitely pass it on!


While mountain bike trails approved for the Branch Reserved property, advocacy efforts have netted something even greater. That being the agreement to add mountain bike accessible trails in another part of Percy Warner Park and more importantly a major shift in Metro Parks policy regarding the need to provide mountain biking oppotunities at other Metro Parks through out the county.

The Tennessee Mountain Biking Alliance is committed to providing any assistance to the local SORBA chapter it may require in developing a master plan for mountain biking in Davidson County.  Additionally, the Tennessee Mountain Biking Alliance will keep everyone updated on this issue as it develops.

A special thanks to Carlyon Heichel for heading up advocacy efforts at Percy Warner and report the results to Tennessee Mountain Biking Alliance.

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