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SAMBA announces plan to re-open Paxtang Park in 2020

Howdy, Back in the Fall of 2017 we announced that we planned to begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park in Harrisburg. This space will be used as a parking trailhead and picnic area for visiting cyclists using the Capital Area Greenbelt and Parkway Trail System. The lot will be mostly crushed stone and open meadow with a natural buffer along the creek and will feature a trail kiosk and picnic pavilion. Initial work began in 2018. Safety issues were addressed, dead trees were dropped, trash and debris cleared and more in preparation for this year’s construction.  Pennsy Supply has made a generous donation for the full amount of stone necessary to establish the parking area. Our partners at the City of Harrisburg own the property and helped to resolve issues with the municipality that delayed the work last year. Work has resumed with our target opening day in early April 2020. Work days will take place over the Winter and Spring. SAMBA has been involved with planning for the preservation of the Park as the project to widen I-83 takes shape in this area in the coming years. We are seeking volunteers that are interested in the beatification of the Park in the Spring. Why restore the park? The park has a lot of history and was once the hub for recreation in Harrisburg. This location of the Park is the center of the Parkway Trail System and an ideal parking and meeting area for visiting cyclists using the trails or Capital Area Greenbelt. We plan to establish parking for approximately 15- 20 vehicles, making the location ideal...

Camp Mack access update

SAMBA’s Trail liaison and Board members met with a representative from the Pa Dutch Council and had a positive and open discussion. Both parties are optimistic that we can resolve the issues that lead to the closure. We were able to gain a better understanding of the problems and needs of the land owner and made suggestions to resolve the conflict. SAMBA has submitted a new agreement to BSA that captures those resolutions and we are optimistic that access will be restored in early 2020. Thank you for your patience and please do not jeopardize the work that has been done by attempting to ride at Camp Mack until further notice. Thanks,...

SAMBA merchandise now available at a bike shop near you

Howdy, We are pleased to announce that SAMBA merchandise is now available at the fine shops listed below.  These shops understand the value that SAMBA provides to our riding community and they are providing this service to show their support for SAMBA’s mission. Kindly consider stopping in to one of these shops and picking up a piece of SAMBA branded goodness including t-shirts, poly tees, hoodies, water bottles, stainless steel pint glasses, baseball hats and beanies. Please note that the items are CASH ONLY and the shops are not making any profit on these items. Green Mountain Cyclery-Ephrata https://www.greenmtncyclery.com/ Holmes Cycling & Fitness-Camp Hill https://www.holmescycling.com/ In Gear Cycling and Fitness-Hummelstown http://ingearcycling-fitness.com/ Leeds Cyclery-Palmyra http://leedscyclery.com/ Lititz BikeWorks-Lititz https://www.lititzbikeworks.com/ Mountainside Ski & Sports-Mechanicsburg http://www.mountainsideski-sports.com/ Pedal Pusher-Harrisburg (717) 652-7760 World Cup Ski & Cycle-Camp Hill...

CAMP MACK CLOSED

Camp Mack will be closed to mountain bikes until further notice. SAMBA is working to resolve the issues and we’ve had some good discussions with the Land Manager. We are optimistic that we can reach a new arrangement in the coming months. Kindly do not ride at the camp until we are able to negotiate a new access agreement. Riding during this time will make it more difficult to restore the access. This includes all roads and trails within the camp and includes nights and Sundays. Thank You for your cooperation and...

EPHRATA BIKE PARK OPENING DAY SCHEDULED FOR OCT 19

SAMBA invites you to join us for opening day events at the Ephrata Bike Park on Saturday, October 19. Come on out and be one of the first to test out the area’s first bike park! Ribbon Cutting ceremony and media coverage will take place at 12 NOON and the park will officially open afterwards.  The park is the perfect place to learn to ride and offers fun for all ages. The area  consists of a beginner trail and an advanced trail totaling 1.5 miles, a pump track, Strider track for the little ones, two bridges, dirt jumps and three skills areas and is just a couple blocks from downtown Ephrata adjacent to the Warwick Ephrata Rail trail (WERT). Green Mountain Cyclery will be on hand with demo bikes available and there will also be Strider demo bikes available for the kids. SAMBA will be providing tours and rides throughout the afternoon and giving away a 12″Strider bike to one lucky kid.  Learn more about SAMBA, Bike Ephrata, NICA, Mainspring of Ephrata and 717Cycling’s Learn to Mountain Bike program. Food trucks will be on-site. Parking available at the Fulton St parking lot. There will also be an after party celebration at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company starting at 4:00!!! See you...