New, Cool Riding Spot in Durham, NC
On June 10, mountain bikers from the Raleigh-Durham, North Caro-lina area, as well u members from the local chaplet of Trips for Kids, braved 90% heat and gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Solite Park gateway trail and pump track in Durham. The trail and pump track mark the first-ever, off-road cycling features built in the city. They also mark the end of phase one at Solite Park, which will eventually become a full-scale pocket park with more additions to come. The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches by representatives from Trips for Kids—Triangle (TFKT) Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), and Durham Parks and Recreation. TFKT members and other mountain bikers then rocked-and-rolled through the pump track and trail to music provided by DJ Piddipat. There was also plenty of food and water, plus several tents to provide a shaded break from the action.
The idea for building a pocket park in Durham originated in May 2073 with 'MKT, which wanted to create off-road cycling facilities close to downtown Durham and near its headquarters. TFKT approached the local IMBA chapter, TORC, to further develop this idea. Both organizations have worked together in the past on other projects and events, and they have formed a close and productive relationship.
TEKT and TORC decided that a pocket park concept located near the American Tobacco Trail--a 22-mile rails-to-trails path—would be ideal. Part of the pocket park would include a beginner-level, gateway trail, defined by IMBA as a trial would provide a friendly introduction to