You’ve heard us talking about the huge opportunity that is the Ragged Mountain Reservoir property. This is the land out reservoir road from Ohill, formally managed by the Ivy Creek Foundation. Ivy Creek Foundation is no longer managing this property as of the completion of the new dam and reservoir. The City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a public meeting this Wednesday, November 12, 6 pm at City Space on the downtown mall. They are considering rule changes at Ragged Mountain, which could include, among other things, access for cycling. As many of you already know, this property (and adjacent properties on the other side of interstate (linkable via existing tunnels)) represents one of the biggest forested and big mountain public land essentially IN TOWN. Put simply, if we can advocate for and help build a system of shared use trails out there, it could easily result in many, many additional miles of singletrack, including big mountain riding, accessible right from town. Heck, you can link to it from Ohill! It’s easily the biggest terrain this side of the blue ridge mountains.
This is a call to action. Please plan to attend the meeting. The future uses of this property hinge on this and upcoming planning meetings. CAMBC will play a major role here. It is easily our top trail advocacy project. YOU ARE CAMBC! Come out and support additional trail access at Ragged Mountain.
I’m currently editing a letter that will go out, together, from the Rivanna Trails Foundation, Charlottesville Area Trail Runners, and CAMBC. When we get it completed, I’ll send it out. It has our current talking points, tips on what you might consider saying at the meeting, etc.
If you have any questions about this exciting development, don’t hesitate to email or call me.
CAMBC Board President