Roanoke Parks and Recreation, along with Star City Cycling and Roanoke Outside, celebrated the opening of a beginner bike trail in Morningside Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
“The mountain bike community has been very passionate about this,” said Chris Berry, founder of Star City Cycling.
“We have received a ton of support. We’ve also received a lot of support from people who aren’t cyclists, who just live here in Southeast Roanoke, and have been very excited to see something happening with this little neighborhood park.”
Berry says the area used to be abandoned and fill with trash, and the kids at the nearby Boys & Girls Club didn’t have a safe place to play. He decided to gather some volunteers and transform the space.
According to Berry, over the course of one year, more than 115 volunteers and 900 hours of community service hours were used to to remove trash and debris from the space, and transform it into a one mile beginner bike trail.
This is just Phase 1 for the Morningside Park improvements. Berry is currently working with the city to put in new jump trails and bike ramps on the other side of the park.