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Woodstock OKs $24.7K for mountain bike trail work

The Woodstock City Council has authorized the transfer of $24,730 from the Contingency Fund to General Fund to fund upgrades to mountain bike trails at Rope Mill Park.

The amount includes $18,230 for the Avalanche Trail, and $6,500 for the Explore Trail, according to a staff report to the council. Additional work can be paid for out of the current fiscal year’s Parks and Recreation Department budget, staff said.

The council action follows recommendations by SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) Woodstock to address safety-related concerns where bicyclists encounter others in the park, in part by eliminating some areas where bikes, pedestrians and motor vehicles mix.

Changes include 1,500 feet of new trail at the beginning of the Avalanche Trail, with new entrances and exits; 800 feet of new trail to connect the Explorer Trail to the parking lot; paint striping to indicate “Trail Crossing” sections; a footbridge over a small stream; small amounts of split-rail fencing to safe entrance and exit points; and signs to direct bike traffic.

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