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Shamrock Park mountain bike trails ready for riders


Shamrock Park is ready for riders, and Sunday is a chance for new riders to learn what they’ll need to take advantage of the new mountain bike trails in the park.

The mountain bike trails, Lucky Charms – a volunteer constructed beginners’ trail, and Shenanigans – the intermediate-level trail built by contractor Stream Environmental, are open for riders. Maps of the trails are posted at the park and are also available at the City’s website, saintjohn.ca/bike.

The trails were designed by the Glenn Group. An advanced-level trail is planned for future construction, as is a pump track, which will allow riders to improve their skills to take on the higher level trails.

“Saint John is becoming a place for mountain biking,” explains Mike Hugenholtz, Operations Manager – Facilities for Leisure Services and project manager for the bike trails. “Being able to put trails inside an urban park like Shamrock Park increases access to a great recreational activity for the people of Saint John.”

The mountain bike trails at Shamrock Park turn a neglected wooded area of the park from a dumpsite into an asset for the community. Some of the clean-up was done by City workers and contractors, but other clean-up was taken on by volunteers from the Saint John Cycling Club and Active Transport Saint John. In all, the trail building and clean up cost $146,000.

Representatives from local bike shops, the Saint John Cycling Club and Active Transport Saint John will be on hand Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. to give tours and provide information on proper techniques and safety equipment for using the mountain bike trails. Join us at the trail head in the parking lot on Spar Cove Road Sunday afternoon.

For more information, please call Leisure Services at 658-2908 or visit saintjohn.ca/bike.