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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Norfolk’s First Mountain Bike Trails Virtual opening Sat, Sept. 12, 10am

Norfolk, V.A. — Bike Norfolk, an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization, announces the virtual opening of the first single-track mountain bike trail network within the City of Norfolk at Northside Park, 8400 Tidewater Drive, 23518 on September 12, 10:00-10:30am. Included in the opening will be remarks by stakeholders, unveiling of the two trailhead signs/ wayfinding, and ribbon cutting with Vice Mayor Martin Thomas. The event is limited to invited guests and press. Trail and bicycle enthusiasts are encouraged to participate by watching on Facebook Live on the Northside Park Mountain Bike Trails Facebook page beginning at 10 am. 

Northside Park is a 62-acre park located in Norfolk, Virginia. The park has tennis courts, a skate park, ball fields and an indoor pool. For years, there has been an unofficial and overgrown network of trails in the wooded section of the park. Over the past two years, Bike Norfolk volunteers have worked in partnership with Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space, Keep Norfolk Beautiful, and REI to cut new trail, clean/ mulch the existing ones, and connect the trails to create uninterrupted flow. As a result, three trails have been developed: Hide and Seek, Trae’s Trail, and David’s Sprint, for a total of 2.2 miles of single track. The suggested bike for these trails is a mountain bike, and helmets are required. Visitors may also walk or run the trails.

This project would not be possible without work from a rotating cast of 40 volunteers, support from Crossroads Civic League, and funding from REI and other contributing sponsors. Bike Norfolk has a Memorandum of Understanding with City of Norfolk for developing and maintaining the trails.

Invited guests and press will gather by 9:45am at the main trailhead located near the ballfields in the back of the park. Participants are asked to wear masks and maintain and social distance of at least 6 feet from others. Event begins at 10am.

Partners: Bike Norfolk; Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space; REI

Contributing Sponsors: East Coast Bicycles, Hund’s Recycle Factory, Siren Skate Shop

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