More volunteers needed for mountain bike trail clearing at Gregory Park

Volunteers work to clear mountain bike trail corridor during a Dec. 17 work day at Gregory Park.

Courtesy Ozark Off-Road Cyclists

Another round of volunteers are needed to help clear trail corridor where a 19-acre mountain bike park is planned in midtown Fayetteville.

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists will host its third volunteer work event at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at Gregory Park, 69 E. Sycamore St.

The work is part of a plan to transform the underutilized park into a mountain bike-focused area complete with a series of singletrack mountain biking trails, and a possible pump track and skills course.

The park currently includes a pavilion, picnic area and a 0.6-mile nature trail that has been damaged in several places from erosion.

Members of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board earlier this year approved a proposal from OORC to replace the damaged trail with a new multi-use path on the outer edge of the property, and to build a beginner- and intermediate-level mountain bike flow trail near the middle of the park.

OORC officials said volunteers have so far cleared 3,600 feet of trail corridor and built 570 feet of tread at the park.

From OORC:

This family friendly volunteer opportunity is open to all ages! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. We’ll provide the tools, a snack and hydration.

Gregory Park is bounded by Sycamore Street to the north, McDonald’s on College Avenue to the east, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks to the south, and Woolsey Avenue to the west

Volunteers on Saturday should meet in the Sycamore Street parking lot behind McDonald’s.

Planned trails at Gregory Park (looking southwest)

Courtesy Ozark Off-Road Cyclists