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Royalview Trail Press Conference (long)

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Published on Jun 28, 2012

On Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m., Cleveland Metroparks opened a new natural surface trail in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. The 10.1-mile trail network will accommodate mountain bikes and hikers on a "single track" trail that winds throughout a wooded area near Royalview Picnic Area and includes two boardwalks, covering more than 900 feet combined, and 34 bridges.

The trail cost about $50,000 and took nine months to build with the help of the Student Conservation Association, in-house staff and more than 100 dedicated volunteers who donated 1,870 hours of their time.

"The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) rallied their members to help build this trail for the community to enjoy," said Cleveland Metroparks Executive Director Brian Zimmerman. "Trails are a significant resource for our park visitors. In a recent survey, nearly three quarters reported walking or hiking in Cleveland Metroparks and almost a third said biking was their primary activity."

"This trail is unique in that it caters to novice riders, while still offering enough variety and one-of-a-kind scenery to excite even veteran bikers," said Frank Dessoffy, CAMBA Advocacy Representative. "Partnering with Cleveland Metroparks allowed us to consider designs that would have otherwise been impossible to achieve. The result of the collaboration far exceeded our expectations."

The Royalview Trail is the second trail built for use by mountain bikers in Cleveland Metroparks. The first was built in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in 2007 and is 2.5 miles in length.

A comprehensive plan has been developed for the entire Royalview Picnic Area trail system in Mill Stream Run Reservation and a detailed natural resources assessment has been completed.

The project was funded by the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund. Cleveland Metroparks established the Fund with the Cleveland Foundation to preserve and protect the future of the Park District. A Trails Fund has also been established to allow donors to set aside resources for all types of trail development and maintenance.

For more information on making a donation to Cleveland Metroparks, call 216-635-3217 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com and click on "Get Involved."

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