Gregory Park trails to close for repairs starting June 9

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FAYETTEVILLE — Two trails at Gregory Park will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians for repairs beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, and will remain closed until the work is complete.

The closure affects the Rolling Thunder and Tailwind trails, which are anticipated to be under repair for 7-14 days, weather permitting. During the repair period, the park’s 0.9-mile outer loop hiking trail, Morning Light, will remain open to visitors. Signs will be posted to notify park-goers of the trail closures.

The work on the two 0.3-mile downhill trails will involve reworking all berms and jumps, correcting drainage and erosion issues, and reworking the entry and exit points of wall-ride features.

The repairs will be carried out by Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, a volunteer organization that played a key role in creating and maintaining the trails.

Gregory Park is a 19-acre wooded area located on East Sycamore Street. It was donated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 1964. Originally named Veterans Park, it was renamed in 1978 in honor of James K. Gregory, a local businessman who helped establish Drake Field Airport.

In 2018, trail improvements, new trails, and a skills park were added. Ozark Off-Road Cyclists secured grant funding to develop the two downhill trails, designed for beginners and intermediate riders, and rebuilt the outer loop trail.