New skills course and mountain bike trails coming to Rotary Park

Published: Nov. 14, 2016 at 4:39 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some new toys and some new trails are coming to Huntington's Rotary Park.

The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District has announced plans to install a $32,000 skills course for mountain bikers. The centerpiece is a 6-foot tall wall which sits at a 55 degree angle.

The goal of the skills course is to give new riders the techniques they need to ride safely on a trail in the woods.

"There's a lot of mountain biking that goes on in this area,” said Park & Recreation District Executive Director Kevin Brady. “We've got mountains and we've got a pretty strong community of bicyclists. The more good things we have going on up here, the less bad things we have going on."

Four more miles of trails will be added to 135-acre Rotary Park in the spring, which will more than double the current mileage of mountain bike trails.

The cost for the trails is about $13,500, but could go up or down depending on how extensive they are to install.

There will be trails for all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

"This is some of the most pristine, beautiful wooded forest area that you can find around here, in the middle of town. It's absolutely beautiful," said Brady.

The skills course will go in near the upper trailhead. If weather holds, it could be ready for riders by the end of 2016.

Work on the trails is likely to begin in the spring of 2017.

"Rotary Park has had a bad reputation for many years,” adds Brady. “It's time we all got together and changed that, so that's what we're really trying to do."

The cost for the skills course has been split by the Rotary Club, the City of Huntington Foundation and the Park & Recreation District.