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7/31/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Progress being made on mountain bike trail at Westbrook

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

Plans for a mountain bike trail at Westbrook Park in DeWitt are moving forward, and Saturday morning volunteers will be getting to work for the second weekend in a row to prepare for the park's newest amenity.

Friends of Off Road Cycling or "FORC" members - including trail steward Dave Deke of DeWitt - have been helping with the planning and designing of the trail.

FORC is an organization that supports mountain biking in the Quad City area.

The total trail distance will be approximately five miles, and will consist of two different degrees of difficulty - "green" for easy and "blue" signifying a more challenging path.

Parks and recreation director Kevin Lake says more hands make lighter work and he would like to give local cyclists the opportunity to lend their expertise to the project.

"This (trail) is coming to fruition quickly," Lake notes. "We're looking for residents who have an interest in taking an active part in this project."

Lake says it is preferable volunteers be members of FORC.

They currently are working on planning more trail-building days to keep the momentum going, he adds. Keep an eye on The Observer as more information becomes available.

The trail will be located at the south end of an undeveloped area of the park.

'Tunes in Town' continues through Aug. 27

Lake reported the parks and recreation department raised $200.66 selling pizza at the Tunes in Town event at Lincoln Park July 9.

The remainder of the summer's schedule is as follows:

•July 30 - The Moon Shiners (variety of music).

•Aug. 6 - No Tunes in Town due to National Night Out.

•Aug. 13 - Cheap and Disposable (variety of music).

•Aug. 20 - Sandy Wohlford (country music).

•Aug. 27 - Saved for rain date.

Other business

In other business, the commission:

•Discussed the upcoming visit of representatives of National Rock and Sculpture, Inc., the company from Wausau, Wis., that will build the new play structure in the zero-depth entry area at the aquatic center. They are planning to view the site and begin preparation work. DeWitt public works employees will start draining the pool Tuesday, Sept. 3 and dismantling the current sandcastle structure.

•Revisited the suggestion to install a campground at Westbrook Park. Lake said he is scheduled to meet with IIW engineer Geoff Blandin in a couple of weeks to determine if the idea is even feasible. Lake says it is too early to say if the park will be a suitable place for a campground.

•Heard from local resident Buck Mills, who expressed his concern regarding the seemingly excessive number of people at the aquatic center on a recent hot and humid day. The commission assured Mills the facility has highly trained staff of life guards who do an excellent job and for whom safety is the main concern.

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