Updated: May 25
Early this month, the Avalon Mountain Bike Association sent a letter to the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, to request assistance with resolving the current land access situation in East White Hills for the White Hills volunteer trail team. You can read the letter below.
We've previously addressed land access in our September 2021 call on officials which was met with positive discussions from Joanne Thompson, but to date, no concrete solution has been reached.
We are asking our community to help us make it known that this is an issue for those in our city that feel access to free green space for hiking, biking, walking, and snowshoeing is important and we're seeking our elected officials’ help in coming to a resolution.
With the White Hills trail network as an official shared use trail centre, it provides another avenue for our Province's residents to realize their full health potential, and bring in social and economic opportunities to this area through mountain biking.
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East White Hills can be the showcase trail centre for St. John’s, and in our humble opinion Atlantic Canada. As it stands, with no land use agreement in place and with Public Services and Procurement Canada’s recent request to cease all further trail development in the area, we’re currently without a location to further develop our community and supporting infrastructure.
As volunteers we've worked hard to build a strong community of like minded individuals, with wellbeing top of mind. We'd like to continue to do this with permission. We only see positives by working together and moving forward.
There is power in numbers. We encourage you to write to your elected officials expressing your support for AMBA and the East White Hills volunteer trail team. With cooperation and open communication, we feel we can realize our goal of making East White Hills an official formalized trail centre.
Thank you for your continued support of Mountain Biking in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Members of the Board of Directors for the Avalon Mountain Bike Association
This letter was also sent to our various elected officials with interest in this area:
The Honourable Joanne Thompson, M.P. for St. John’s East.
The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of of Public Services and Procurement
The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
His Worship, Danny Breen, Mayor of the City of St. John’s