17 Jul CORA Partnership Creates First Off-Road Bike Trail in Cincinnati Parks
The City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Park Board, and partner organization CORA (Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance) held a formal dedication to open the first 1.4-mile section of the new Mt. Airy Multi-Use Trail, which includes mountain biking. The project was celebrated with an official ribbon cutting ceremony including Mayor John Cranley, the Park Board Commissioners, CORA and the Mt. Airy community.
The construction of this off-road bike and multi-use trail is the result of a partnership between Cincinnati Parks and CORA. The trail is being built with volunteer labor and its on-going maintenance will be provided by volunteers working through CORA. This is a pilot project and the first off-road bike trail in Cincinnati Parks.
Park Board Commissioner President Brad Lindner said, “It’s been a long hard climb to get a legal mountain bike trail in the city. I want to thank the Mayor for his support and encouragement as well as CORA who represents an ideal partnership where under used space and volunteer work has turned this into something special.”
After the event, people didn’t waste any time in taking to the trails. Wade Walcutt, Cincinnati Park Director stated, “What a special day for this park and the City. It is heartwarming to see riders on these trails as this project becomes reality. This is an excellent example of collaboration, hard work and patience paying off.” He continued, “I have to give credit to Mayor Cranley, our Park Commissioners and especially to CORA for having the vision and dedication to make this possible.”
Park Board Commissioner Kevin Flynn added, “As a Mt. Airy resident I can’t be happier to see our park being used. The sweat equity that has gone into this is what all our parks need. We need all people to care for our parks. You are really shining up the gem for us.”
This first phase of trail represents 1,038 hours of volunteer labor carried out by approximately 80 individuals. The dedicated volunteers cleared approximately six acres of honeysuckle, trail renovation and construction, including new stone drainage crossings, water diverters, and stone retaining walls, removal of ash trees and a gate and fencing at the trailhead. Phase two will total 1.5 miles and work is underway now.
Grab your bike and come check it out!