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Public Open House: View Plans for New Mountain Bike Trail

Metroparks will hold a public open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, at Secor Metropark to share preliminary plans for the park district’s first singletrack bicycle trail. The trail will be built at Oak Openings Preserve with the help of volunteers. A singletrack is a narrow trail for mountain bikes.

The meeting will be in the Secor Room in the Nature Photography Center building at Secor, 10001 Central Avenue, Berkey.

Chief of operations Joe Fausnaugh will give a brief overview of the trail layout and explain the design process at the start of the meeting. The rest of the evening will be an open house format, with staff available to answer questions.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the plans to the public, collect comments and recruit volunteers to assist with building the trail.

Plans call for the trail to be built in two phases, with construction of the first phase expected to begin this year.

The first section will be about 4.5 miles of trail in Oak Openings Preserve and will share portions of the Wabash Cannonball Trail and the park’s Hiking Trail.

A later addition will continue on property recently acquired by Metroparks west of State Route 64 in Lucas and Fulton counties, bringing the total trail length to nearly 11 miles.

An estimated 1,000 hours of volunteer time will be needed to construct the trail.