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Biking Group Wants to Clean up 'Legacy' Trails in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- Some bike enthusiasts in Salisbury are on a mission.

The Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Cycling Association wants permission to clean up some city trails and put them to good use. That is why the group's president Tres Denk said that his riding shoes have plenty of wear and tear because riding his bicycle around the city is his passion.

He said that he, along with several other bike enthusiastsm, are looking for ways to grow that passion on some of Salisbury's old trails, which include hidden trails in the city's park and the Henry Parker Athletic Complex on Naylor Mill Road.

"At this point we are hoping to just make areas for bicycling off-road and we will worry about connecting them together in the future," he said. "I'll be happy when I am riding bikes with my grandchildren on these trails."

Denk said the proposal does not suggest using any heavy equipment to clean up the trails, making sure that nothing goes out of place in the natural environment.

That is an idea fellow bike rider Dan Clemson said he fully supports.

"From what I have heard I know I wasn't even here when these trails were present before or used before, but I know that people say that those are great and I would love to see them come back," Clemson said.

Even some member of the Salisbury City Council like Councilwoman Laura Mitchell said they appreciate the group's intentions.

"There is no cost to the city, these trails already exist and recreational activities of all ages are very, very important and I think that our park plays a big part in that," Mitchell said.

But City Council President Terry Cohen said she is not sure which direction she wants to steer toward when it comes to the proposal.

"This really goes back to what is the vision for the City Park, particularly for the natural end because this is the second extreme sports proposal that we've had," Cohen said.

Next Monday night the City Council will outline what the biking group is allowed to do when it comes to cleaning up the old trails.

If there is an agreement between council members, then they will push forward with a resolution for a memorandum of understanding.
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