Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) was founded in 1997 when community members rallied to save and preserve 40 acres of Baird Creek being sold to developers. Since the inception of BCPF, tens of thousands of man hours and substantial donations have been made to preserve, restore, and maintain the Baird Creek Greenway, which today is 500 acres and 11 miles of trails. BCPF offers free public hikes, school field trips, invasive species removal, pollinator habitat restoration, oak savanna restoration, trail maintenance, and many other educational, and recreational opportunities.
These efforts are to help us construct a Biking Skills Course in the Baird Creek Greenway. BCPF is dedicated to improving the environment for bicycling in our community for a couple reasons. First, increasing bicycling through a skills course in the Green Bay area will ultimately help serve our community by drawing more people outdoors. It also adds appeal to those considering living, working, or visiting here and brings others into the area which increases traffic at local businesses and creates another attraction to the Green Bay community. Secondly, we are committed to creating an opportunity that brings joy and discovery for all ages. Scientists have proven that spending time in nature improves our physical and mental health, relieves stress, and brings us together. With the increase in depression, anxiety, and so many other mental health issues over the years, we are passionate about offering recreational opportunities for people to get active. Lastly, the future of conservation requires that there be passionate individuals who continue caring for the greenway and our environment. Creating a biking skills course will help the community hear about the value of the greenway from an ecological, educational, and recreational standpoint.
Based on funding BCPF plans to build a Biking Skills Course in the Baird Creek Greenway starting in July 2019. The need is great as the closest skills courses are located between two and four hours away in Wausau, WI and Marquette, MI. While BCPF has created mountain biking trails within the Greenway, building a skills course will benefit the environment and community in a variety of ways: mental and physical health, recreation for people of all ages and biking levels, a great destination for families and individuals looking to get outdoors, awareness of the great working we are doing!
Long term goals with the Biking Skills Course include working with youth in the community who don’t have access to bikes, bike camps, and extending the greenway trail system. Initial features of the course will include Double Rollers, Single Rollers, a Zig Zag, a Snake Ladder, a Skinny, an A Frame, a 180 Talladega Turn, and a Teeter Totter. With additional funding we will construct a changing shelter and official signage/gate area. Please consider donating to help us construct this unique feature in Green Bay that’s welcoming to everyone!