City re-opens Forest Hill Park bike trails

By Phil Riggan – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After nearly six months and 800 man hours, one of the key elements to the revitalization of Richmond's Forest Hill Park is now complete with the re-opening of the biking and hiking trail.

The trails were closed to allow the reworking of portions of the original trail to help prevent erosion and to make it easier to maintain, said Nathan Burrell, Trail Builder for the City of Richmond.

"That's why we build them that way — to cut down on the maintenance and let us work on other projects," he said.

The Forest Hill Park trail project cost $15,000 to complete — $5,000 from the city and $10,000 in donations, mostly from mountain bike club Richmond Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (RA-MORE).

The restored trail is intended for use by everyone, not just the mountain biking community, he said. The single-track trail winds it's 3.2 miles around the perimeter of the wooded areas of Forest Hill Park and highlights many of the park's existing features.

Burrell was the project leader and was especially proud that the trail was completed in time for the Urban Assault mountain bike race, which is part of Dominion Riverrock, scheduled for May 14-15.

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