Barr is working with the City of Chisholm and the Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation to transform an inactive iron mine pit and surrounding property (covering approximately 650 acres of public land) into a municipally sanctioned mountain bike park that will attract both residents and tourists. We provided pre-construction GIS mapping and conceptual design services, and we facilitated a unique project bidding and phasing process. Barr also completed a construction SWPPP and stormwater permitting, an environmental assessment worksheet, a botanical survey, and a phase 1A cultural-resources literature review.
A 20- to 25-mile trail network will serve as a regional mountain biking destination, featuring natural-surface, purpose-built, single-track trails approximately 24 to 72 inches wide. The trails are intended for non-motorized bicycles, although hikers, runners, and snowshoers may use them. Trail construction began in July 2019 and should be completed in 2020. Barr is continuing to provide permitting assistance, as-built mapping, and GIS support services.
The proposed park is adjacent to existing recreational facilities, including the Minnesota Discovery Center, St. Louis County fairgrounds, and Mesabi Trail. The park will be administered by the City of Chisholm with operational and maintenance assistance from the Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists, the local chapter of the nonprofit International Mountain Bicycling Association.