Dirt 66 seeks to spur on an outdoor renaissance in Springfield, bringing with it tourism, infrastructure, and quality of life improvements.
Retention & Attraction
Many young professionals are deciding where they want to live first and then finding a job once they get there. These young professionals seek urban walkable environments and communities that have unique natural amenities, such as the proposed Dirt 66. We wish to create amenities that help attract new talent while retaining the existing talent. Stop the brain drain!
Families often look for ways to get active and stay healthy. Rather than having a parent standing on the sideline of a soccer game, trails allow families to engage in a fun activity together. Shade structures, picnic tables, and other amenities also expand the versatility of trails, as one parent can ride a more advanced trail while the family spends time at a central place in one of the zones.
By design, Dirt 66 is a comprehensive trail system offering riders of all skill levels a fun and engaging experience. We offer a variety of trail types and difficulty levels, allowing a rider to progress in skill level from beginner to advanced trail.
Diverse Trails & Amenities
Dirt 66 isn’t designed for just hardcore shredders, nor does it pull its punches. This is a complete and inclusive trail system designed around a variety of trail types. From greenway and gateway trails to contour flow trails and technical downhill lines.
Mellow when it matters, steep when it’s sensible, Dirt 66 will have something for everyone.
Designing trails in 6 separate zones is great. Connecting those 6 zones through greenways and other bicycle infrastructure to create a continuous natural surface mega park minutes from downtown Springfield is even greater. One of the most important guiding principles for this project is building a connected system. Like any good candy bar, enjoy it in pieces, or bite off the whole thing and get siiick!
We desire to maximize the available mileage not just for mileage’s sake, but to create a destination that people can come to ride and stay over a series of days. Available mileage is something people consider when choosing a system to ride.
The goal of any bike park, or trail system is to make it sustainable. This is achieved in many ways. The first is through proper design. When designing Progressive Trail Design is constantly thinking about where the water is going to go, and how to properly drain the trails to prevent erosion.
This brings us to the second way of achieving sustainable trail; modern machine built trail. Development of Dirt 66 will see the utilization of machines such as the Sutter 300 Trail Dozer, mini-excavators, powered wheelbarrows, plate compactors, and many hand tools. The use of the heavy equipment makes the build more efficient, and proper drains can be built. These machines will be used to create trails with slopes, grades and undulations that allow water to run over and permeate through and around the rock instead of on soil.
The final approach to sustainable trail design is through the selective methods in which it’s constructed. Depending on the condition of the terrain or the intended goal of the trail itself, some areas of Dirt 66 will not see machines used for development and instead employ the use of hand tools. This type of trail takes longer, but can also be some of the most rewarding trail to build and ride.
Our friends at Murney Associates have decided to take trail stewardship to the next level with a $2,000 donation match! Every donated dollar will be matched 100% up to $2,000, generating a $4,000 total contribution to building and maintaining epic Ozark singletrack trails.
Hogan Land Title
Our partners at Hogan Land Title have decided to keep the stoke level even higher with a $5,000 donation match! Every donation will be matched 100% up to $5,000. That's $10,000 total in donations toward developing a world class singletrack experience right here in the Ozarks.many folks who might struggle with fitness as I have. Thanks for listening.