Tool Shed at Camp Vits

As of right now, we do not know if we can or want to have our tool shed in the park of Camp Vits. But...we have recieved a generous offer from the Backus Family to place our tool shed for a temporary time on one of their lots on West Custer.

The tool shed will then be 1.2 miles from the trail head.
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Maribel Caves MTB Trail and Park Closed....FOR THE YEAR!!

Last nite Maribel got hit with 100mph+ winds. Most of the park is now firewood. The county closed the park for the rest of the year.  I will post more pics and info later this week. Please come back later for more updates.

Good News: Rob's bench is still in one piece and...our tool shed was not wrecked....weird!!!

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Maribel Hotel. Part of the west and south side is all that is left.

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Maribel Caves is Getting Electricity!!!! Trails closed


Here's a note from Adam Backus

I am happy to report that WPS's crew will be starting to install the main electricity service at Maribel Caves County Park tomorrow or Thursday.
Portions of upper walking and bike trails will be closed during the install.
They crew hopes to be done by early next week.  I will be out there digging the trenches for the secondary lines once they leave.

Letter of support from Mayor Justin Nickles


Discussions on the development of a hiking, biking and cross country skiing trail in Camp Vits continue. Recently, the City Council approved moving forward with developing plans, in conjunction with a local mountain biking group of volunteers, to develop this underutilized park.


It has always been the goal of the city to maintain the natural beauty and condition of this park. We never planned on building large parking lots, or basketball and tennis courts, rather to maintain the magnificent beauty of the terrain and habitat. Creating a trail system will do just that and will encourage more residents to utilize this park in a healthy style. Bike trails are becoming more and more prominent nationwide, especially within the younger generation.


Young professionals are looking to communities which have these quality of life amenities and this park provides an excellent opportunity to capture that interest. The recent Herald Times Reporter article stated several concerns from neighbors. I can assure the citizens of the city of Manitowoc that we have gone above and beyond to address all the concerns of the neighboring Town of Manitowoc Rapids residents, and I have personally met with several individuals for countless hours to calm their concerns.


This is a positive development for the City of Manitowoc and will not attract drugs and alcohol into the park. This is already a City of Manitowoc park and any citizen is more than welcome to, right now, utilize this park. This trail will be constructed with DNR and city approval, insight from Woodland Dunes and Ice Age Trail staff, and will be maintained by volunteers for little to no cost to taxpayers.


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    Proposed mountain bike trail stirs debate

    Camp Vits neighbors 'fearing for our safety, our property, the invasion'

    I don't know what the above statement really means, it was posted on the HTR....anyways....

    We had a big write up in the HTR this weekend about our Trail Development at Camp Vits. The neighbors of the park are very concerned about people trespassing, making a mountain of garbage and drug use. Are these legitimate concerns or false assumptions? Our club and all trail users of this park know that having this trail system is a privilege and not a right. We plan to treat this as such. If you are a concerned Camp Vits neighbor, please do some research about trail systems and who uses them.
    It is a proven fact that the presence of our club and the trail system at Maribel Caves has reduced the traffic of undesirables, illegal activity and other stuff going on that we won't mention here (but it is NOT good).  Our trail will bring good things to community! Wait and see.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
     I know that this is a hot topic on Facebook right now. We do appreciate all the support from our community on FB but....We (The NEW OM) DOES NOT encourage or promote any negative replies or comments to the opposing parties. If you are a NEW OM supporter, Please show respect.
    Thanks!! -Wade Marks-

    This is a pic of myself and Chuck Sontag.

    MAP at Mribel is up

    We finally installed our trail map at Maribel. The face of the map is 3/4" thick wood with Direct Jet UV printing. This part of the map was produced at the Cawley Co. The steel base that is mounted to the post was produced by Wisconsin Steel and Tube Fab. Both companys donated this to our club...THANKS!!!
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    2013 Family Picnic and MTB Ride

    This year we had our Family Picnic and MTB ride at Maribel Caves. It ruled! Here's some pics.

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    Mountain Bike Trail DEVO Approved for the City of Manitowoc!!!!

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    Our organization has gained approval from the Manitowoc City Council and the Park&Rec Dept to
    develop a Mountain Bike Trail System at Camp Vits City Park. Thank you all that have attended
    these meetings (supporting and opposing parties)!! At the City meetings, The NEW OM had the
    support of The Wisconsin Speleological Society, The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the
    Manitowoc Fish And Game. We did face opposition at these City meetings like any project that is
    State, City or County. Some of these people showed concern about sensitive vegetation and the wild
    life that resides on this property. And the neighbors of this park showed concern of people
    trespassing on their property.
     We are going to work with the Wisconsin DNR to get the Natural Heritage Inventory looked at on this
    property.
     What is natural Heritage Inventory?
    Natural Heritage Inventories are designed to inform the public and give them a tool to use in
    planning the future of their communities. County and municipal planners; federal, state and local
    agencies; businesses; environmental consultants; developers; private citizens, local conservation
    organizations; and many other groups use these studies to help make land-use decisions. With
    increasing emphasis on planning within the Commonwealth, these studies are important for the
    conservation of  natural resources.


     And for the Neighbors of Camp Vits, The NEW OM will work with the Manitowoc City Engineering
    Dept and the City Planner to find the exact borderline of city and private property. We will then
    design and build a split log fence with a sufficient buffer area placed on the city property to give the
    neighbors the privacy and respect that they deserve.
     
    Along with the trail development, we also need to plan and work on taking care of the overwhelming
    user impact that Camp Vits is suffering from.
     
    This trail system is going to be opened to other user groups to enjoy…..this is NOT only for the
    Mountain Bike Community.
    This is just the beginning for something GREAT for Manitowoc!!!!


     Please take note that this is WORK IN PROGRESS and anything stated above is subject to change.
    We plan to do this right the first time and we may need to take in consideration other avenues to
    make this project work for all.


    Please feel free to contact me to discuss any issues.


    -Wade Marks- President
    THE NEW OM
    920.905.2809

    This is what a Split Log or Split rail Fence looks like.


    Family Picnic & MTB Ride

    OOOH yeah.....This will be our 4th year for our "Family Picnic&MTB ride". This year it will be at Maribel Caves. This is always a great time! What can be better than hanging out with our FAMILYS & Friends eating good food and Mountain Biking. Please bring your own meat to grill and a dish to pass. This just isn't a good time for us avid Mountain Bikers, it's also a great social atmospher for our kids too.

    Hope to see ya on the 7th
    -The NEW OM-

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