Outdoor Recreation NI (formerly CAAN) is working with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and the owner's of Blessingbourne Estate to develop Phase II of the mountain biking trails in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. This project involves the following elements:
1. The design and construction of up to 6km of new mountain bike trails – blue/ red grade with technical trail features (TTF’s) creating an overall trail distance of 12.5km.
2. The development of a 2km circular walking trail within the Estate
3. Installation of a Visitor Services Building to act as a hub for the Trails Centre. This building will include:
i/ A welcome space i.e. where visitors can obtain trail information, can sit down etc. The space will also be suitable for a vending machine for hot and cold drinks and snacks.
ii/ 2 toilets (including 1 disabled toilet)
4. Construction of a Visitor Amenity Area - An outdoor space located close to the trail head, where visitors can sit and picnic.
5. Installation of waymarking around the trails
6. Road signage to Blessingbourne and signage within the Estate
Outdoor Recreation NI is working to secure the necessary funding of £520,000 to deliver Phase II and now needs your support to show that there is a ‘need’ for this project. The more support we have, the more likely we are to secure the necessary funding.
LETTER OF SUPPORT
I confirm my support for the Phase II development of new mountain bike and walking trails, a visitor services building and an outdoor amenity space in Blessingbourne Estate. There is currently a lack of facilities of this type within Northern Ireland and I believe there is clear need for a project of this type especially within the west of Northern Ireland.
This project is a fantastic opportunity to develop an activity tourism venue which will also support the rural community, through increased tourism spend, and encourage tourism activities in the wider area. I wish Outdoor Recreation NI every success in securing the necessary funding to deliver this project.