Park District provides update on proposed multi-use trails

Online Staff Report

At the May 22 Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, the board received an update about a proposed mountain bike trail at Anna Page Park, 3102 N. Springfield Ave., Rockford, and Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. The trail transformation being proposed at Anna Page Park would be approximately 5 miles.

May 7, the Rockford Park District held a neighborhood meeting to solicit feedback about the proposed mountain bike trail.

Concerns expressed included safety and security of trails, losing existing trails, and lack of education among multi-use path users.

As a result of the neighborhood meeting, Rockford Park District staff assembled a team of local, regional and national experts to assist in trail advancement for all Rockford Park District parks and trails for all users to enjoy.

Committee members bring a total of 239 years of various riding experience to the project and include the following:

Dewayne Buratti, International Mountain Bicycling Association, 27 years riding experience;

Aaron Flemming, president of Rock Cut Trail Crew, 22 years riding experience;

Steve Forss, IMBA certified trail builder, 24 years riding experience;

Andy Garrison, founder of Rock Cut Trail Crew, 24 years riding experience;

Jean Greenlee, Horsemen’s Council of Illinois, 47 years riding experience;

Terry Herbig, treasurer of Valley Trail Riders, 25 years riding experience;

Peter Veit, Horseman’s Council of Illinois, 47 years riding experience; and

Juli Zanocco, homeowner along Safford Road, 25 years riding experience.

As a result of the first committee meeting, the proposed multi-use trail system was modified, and a “separate” trail for mountain bike users at Anna Page Park will be developed. Park District staff will establish two to three safe crossings to allow south access for homeowners along Safford Road. The committee will also oversee the implementation of a new equestrian trail on the southeast corner of Anna Page Park. The first phase of the multi-use trails at Anna Page Park will open in early/mid June.

The committee will implement future phases, which will include teaming up with the homeowners along Safford Road. The plan is to complete the 5-mile trail by spring 2013.

Posted May 30, 2012

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