New kiosk to assist Stony Creek cyclists

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 24, 2015

 Members of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association build a kiosk for bike repairs at Stony Creek Metropark on April 17. 
On the roof is Brian Kresmery, from Armada. Lower left is Pete Kresmery, of Washington Township, and lower right is Sterling Heights Police Lt. Aaron Burgess.

Members of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association build a kiosk for bike repairs at Stony Creek Metropark on April 17. On the roof is Brian Kresmery, from Armada. Lower left is Pete Kresmery, of Washington Township, and lower right is Sterling Heights Police Lt. Aaron Burgess.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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Mountain bikers who ride the trails of Stony Creek Metropark now have a new information kiosk that also serves as a bicycle rack and repair stand.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Aaron Burgess and members of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association worked to install the kiosk April 17. The kiosk is located near the park’s Westbranch parking lot “B,” by some restrooms — an area Burgess said marks the official trailhead for the park’s paths.

Burgess said the kiosk idea came about in late 2011 or in 2012 and took about three years to bring to fruition. He believes that the new information station will help parkgoers.

“Stony Creek really is the mecca of mountain biking in the southeast Michigan area,” Burgess said. “From Stony Creek you can take gravel roads and access a lot of other mountain bike destinations.”

The kiosk contains a community board with a map of local trails, mountain bike destinations, safety rules and emergency contacts, he explained. A repair stand has tethered tools, as well as an air pump for bicycle tires.

Overall, the kiosk cost about $4,000 to complete, and donations were used to create the setup, Burgess said. He said CRAMBA built the kiosk, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks provided the cement pad to secure it, and American Cycle & Fitness donated the bike rack and repair tools.

Burgess said the setup will help cyclists because many people travel from the park to places such as Addison Oaks and the Bald Mountain Recreation Area.

Burgess said installing the kiosk in the park took one day, though portions of it had been earlier assembled by Pete Kresmery, a CRAMBA member who is also the trail coordinator for Stony Creek’s mountain bike trails.

Kresmery said building the kiosk was a fun project, as he is also a woodworker by hobby.

“I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “I think it looks a little like something you might see in a national park. It adds credibility to our club. It adds credibility to our park.”

As soon as the installation was finished, three people were already waiting to use it, Burgess said.

“Obviously, it’s going to be pretty popular,” he said.

Learn more about the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association by visiting www.cramba.org. Find out more about Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Drive in Shelby Township, by visiting www.metroparks.com/stony-creek-metropark or by calling (586) 781-4242.

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