The city council of Liberty, Missouri has approved construction of a mountain bike trail in the city’s Stocksdale Park and the neighboring Walnut Woods Conservation Area. The trails are being built with volunteer labor by the nonprofit Earth Riders Trails Association, and will be about three miles in length initially, with another 3+ miles planned for the near future.
The Stocksdale and Walnut Woods Trail blog contains current information on the project (including directions), and the Kansas City Star has an article discussing the trail (Mountain bike trail proposed for Walnut Woods Conservation Area, Stocksdale Park:
Under an agreement with Missouri Conservation, which owns Walnut Woods, the trail would cover two miles in the conservation area and about a mile in Stocksdale Park. Construction of the all-natural, 18-inch-wide trail could be completed soon after City Council votes on the plan, Liberty Parks Director Chris Deal said.
“To me, it’s a very clear opportunity for a group of volunteers to add an amenity to a park with little affect on the neighborhood or cost to us,” Councilman Greg Duncan said.
The trail group anticipates that the trail can be completed and open to the public very quickly — sometime during the month of April 2008, with additional mileage within 2 to 3 years.
See also: Volunteers blaze mountain bike trail through Walnut Woods area from the Liberty Tribune.