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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...

Save the date for SAMBA’s annual winter party and fundraiser! February 8th, 2020

There are really BIG and EXCITING projects in the works. Find out more by joining us at the Winter Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, February 8th, 4pm at the Fire Hall in Mount Gretna. Huge raffle, beer, fabulous food, music & more! Rides will begin at 2pm.  Please inform anyone that may be interested.   Click here to register! Directions to Mount Gretna Fire Hall     While we have all been out riding and enjoying the trails SAMBA has been hard at work behind the scenes to make this happen. To continue this fabulous progress SAMBA needs YOUR help!  We are in need of members who are interested in filling the following positions on the SAMBA board and committees!   Please review the committees below that could use your help and let us know which interest you. Nominations will be accepted at the Winter Party on 2/8/2020  and also on the SAMBABIKER.COM website, click on Contact and submit your nominations through March 15th. If the below committees aren’t really your “thing”, just let us know what your area of interest / expertise is and we can find a way to utilize you.     Public Relations (Need a PR Director & Committee members) Mission Statement: The mission of the Public Relations committee is to expand awareness of the chapter via promotional material and public outreach by: Manage promotional materials, bike shop items and soft goods inventory Promote and represent club at events as needed Coordinate non-event fundraisers, donations and sponsorship’s Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board   General...

HMC East Side Trails Closed effective December 1st, 2019

Notice: Starting December 1st, 2019, HMC Trails on the East side will be closed for the next two months. Penn State is implementing a land management plan that involves the removal of invasive species and creating a healthy forest. Unfortunately, this will involve timbering the east side. DO NOT RIDE ON THE EAST SIDE. West trails will remain open. Pending weather, it is expected that the foresting will be completed by mid-February 2020. This will be a three-year project so expect closures during the next few winters. Penn State has been an excellent partner and we look forward to cooperating with their contractor for the duration of this...

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...