Billy Vega-

Eagle Project

When I was 5, my dad and I accidentally found the Mountain Bike Trails at Bluff Creek Park  (North of Lake Hefner by Hefner Road and Meridian). We had never ridden on anything like it and immediately fell in love with the sport during that adventure and have been riding ever since. So when it came time for me to choose an Eagle Project, I decided I wanted to do something at Bluff Creek and help the Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship (which is a 501c3) with their trails. 

After meeting with the Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship Trail Boss, Jorge 'GT' Valdez, I learned they want to include more features and continue to grow and improve the trail system. The Bluff Creek trails are pretty hidden back behind the trees and are mostly ‘cross country’. By building a small series of entry level ‘Technical Terrain Features’ at the trailhead, I plan to create an inviting area that not only has the opportunity to introduce beginner riders to the sport, but also will allow more seasoned riders a chance to work on new skills and improve on existing ones. My project will provide a visually appealing landmark and gathering place, and allow the OEF to introduce the community to what lies behind the tree line.

My short-term goal in building these features will help the OEF to provide all levels of riders at Bluff Creek the opportunity to work on their skills, learn new skills, and improve on existing ones. My long term goal is to help introduce more people to the sport of Mountain Bike Riding which is a life long activity that can be enjoyed by many ages and abilities. 

 

How can you help? My project is pretty ambitious; I plan to build three individual features, a ‘Nessy’, ‘Skinny/Snake’*, and ‘Cannon/Roll off’. In case you’re asking “what in the world are those?”, I’ve included inspiration pictures below. The majority of my budget and needs are wood, wood, and more wood. Did I mention wood? What type of wood? Based on interviews I did with one of the premier trail building companies in America, they recommend using rough-cut cedar for the project due to its durability, rot resistance, and it provides great traction for the bike tires. I have an estimated budget of $7,000. I sincerely ask for your donations and am in great need of money, materials, and a few volunteers on build days. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, I am available either by phone/text/email:  405-651-0706 or Billy@BillyVega.com 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

- Billy Vega

Eagle Scout Candidate

*The original plans included a 'Berm' instead of the 'Skinny/Snake'. Jorge, the Trail Boss was able to identify a larger area, still close to the trail head, that allowed for the change to the 'Skinny/Snake'.

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My first ride at Bluff Creek! (We won't talk about that jersey.)

Fundraising

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Thank you to everyone who generously donated to my project and helped me reach my fundraising goal. At the conclusion of my Eagle Project, any funds that have been raised for my project, that are not used specifically for the project, will be donated directly to the Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship for continued expansion and maintenance of the Bluff Creek trail system.
 

If you have any questions, I am available either by phone/text/email:  405-651-0706 or Billy@BillyVega.com

Thank you for your consideration and support.

-Billy

Tax-Deductible Donations may be made to;

Troop 201 

memo: Billy Vega Eagle Project

Please mail to:

Billy Vega

Eagle Scout Candidate

Troop 201 

7836 NW 130th Terrace
Oklahoma City, OK  73142

proposed features

As I mentioned above, my project is pretty ambitious; I plan to build three individual features, a ‘Nessy’, ‘Skinny/Snake’, and ‘Cannon/Roll off’.  The inspiration drawings/pictures below are what I will be building.

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Updates/progress

9/8/22:  We have wood! Thank you to Tommy Davis, A.R.T.T. Manufacturing, for picking up the rough-cut cedar from M&M Sawmill in Arkansas and helping me process and prepare the planks.

9/29/22:  We have the 'all clear' from CallOkie, to mark and prepare the area for drilling footing holes! Thank you to Glenn Hightower who has agreed to be my project foreman mentor.

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9/30/22:  Drill and Fill day. Thanks to Mitch Manning, 4M Trenching LLC, for the help and lessons on running a skid steer and auger to 'Drill' the holes. 

 

Thank you to Krapff Reynolds Construction Company for providing the CemenTech truck to help fill the footings for the features.

And thank you to Jerry Hietpas, with Action Safety Supply Company, for the safety cones and sign.

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10/6/22:  Supply Shopping.

Wood for framing out the features.

 

And thank you to David Hill for supplying me with plenty of deck screws!

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10/7/22:  My Francis Tuttle carpentry instructor helped me cut templates for the Nessy rollers on the CNC machine. Then Glenn and I were able to make those cuts at his house before heading to the job site.

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10/8/22:  Nessy Framing Day

We installed Simpson Strong Ties into the concrete footings to attach the 4x4 posts. This will make it easier to repair/replace any pieces years down the road for maintenance. Then we installed the 'rollers' and framed out the rest of the feature.

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10/15/22:  Decking Day

Thanks to the help of my fellow Scouts from Troop 201 and 6201, as well as some volunteers from the Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship, we made great progress on installing the decking.

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10/15/22:  Time to test them out!

... standby for the final details coming soon!