Mountain bike, equestrian trails open at Page Park

Staff Report

After months of collaboration and clearing debris to make way for new trails, the Rockford Park District, in cooperation with the Rock Cut Trail Crew and Valley Trail Riders, opened new trails at Page Park, 3102 N. Springfield Ave., Rockford, Oct. 27.

The opening of Page Park trails means 1 mile of new trails for mountain bike use, and an additional 170 feet of new equestrian trails. This fall, an additional 1,000 feet will be completed, totaling 1,170 feet of new equestrian trails.

In February, a committee formed to explore and develop a comprehensive multi-use trail system for mountain bike users and a multi-use trail system for hikers, snowshoers and horseback riders. A new equestrian trail was also added on the southeast corner of Anna Page Park.

The new trail concept will complement existing equestrian trail activities, and encompass 5 miles of connecting trails that would wind through two parks, Page Park and Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford.

In May, the Rockford Park District held a neighborhood meeting to solicit feedback about the proposed trails. 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 brought a total of 239 years of various riding experience to the project.

The committee will now be working to expand additional equestrian and mountain bike trails in the area.

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue

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