While Cleveland, Ohio, is best known for its indoor riding at Ray’s Indoor Bike Park, not a lot of riders are aware of the growing opportunities for trail riding in the area. One new spot is Kerrush Park, managed by the Cleveland Department of Parks, Recreation and Properties. It’s a 176-acre facility with 76 acres developed into six ball fields, six tennis courts and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. The remaining 100 acres are wooded and currently overrun by illegal motorized use. Building a formal set of singletrack trails for human-powered activity would prevent that problem, while creating a valuable community asset. “Out with the bad and in with the good,” said Councilman Terrell Pruitt, who is heading up the project.
IMBA Trail Solutions’ Jason Wells was asked to host a public scoping meeting with Pruitt to introduce a potential bike park in Kerrush Park. Over 40 people attended, and the majority was in favor of developing the park into a world-class bicycle facility.
The project will be completed in two to three years. Phase one will include a pump track and two flow trails, while phase two will be the development of the wooded 100 acres. There are numerous ATV trails that will need to be decommissioned in order to create a stacked loop system that will give the neighborhood connectivity. Throughout the trail system there will be bicycle-specific features that will attract mountain bikers from all over Cleveland and beyond.
The process is in good hands, with support from CAMBA (Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association) and IMBA’s Regional Director Andy Williamson. Once completed, Kerrush Bike Park will compliment the ever-growing trail systems being developed at Cleveland Metro Parks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.