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Ribbon Cutting At New Jermain Park Mountain Bike Trail

Toledo’s First Mountain Bike Trail Built By Volunteers, Now Open To Public

City of Toledo officials will join with volunteers from Toledo Free Ride for a ribbon cutting at the new Jermain Park Mountain Bike Trail this Saturday, October 2nd at Noon. The ceremony will be part of an all day event for biking enthusiasts and will included cyclocross demonstrations, races, and displays from local bike shops.

Toledo Free Ride worked with Division of Parks and Forestry personnel to determine the best location and route for the new trail and skills areas, and sought the support of the City of Toledo Parks Commission and the Ottawa-Jermain Park Board. The 3.28 mile loop includes multiple twists, turns and climbs, and was constructed entirely by volunteers over the course of two months this summer. Future improvements will be added including bridges, log skinnys, teeter-totters, a pump track and technical skills area.

Saturday’s events will begin at 11 a.m. with a cyclocross demonstration/race by the Maumee Valley Wheelmen at the Ottawa Park Disk Golf area. After the noon ribbon cutting, a 12:30 p.m. open ride for all ages will be offered on the track before a 1:30 p.m. time trial begins. There is a $2 donation to enter the time trial and prizes will be awarded to winners. Bike helmets are required for all biking events.

Those interested in volunteering for future trail improvements or looking for more information about the park may contact Tim Burns with the City of Toledo Division of Parks & Forestry at 419.936.2896 or via email at timothy.burns at toledo.oh.gov; or Toledo Free Ride at toledofreeride at gmail.com.