The worst part about this whole thing is that the public had no say in the matter at all. The City, County and State were all very happy to shut the place down. They see it as a money-eating black hole. The next phase will be the transfer of the property to the new lessee, Florida businessman Larry Van Maten. His plans for the site are still unknown. It's doubtfull that the trail system will be opened back up to the public.
We've had tons of great rides there. I'll miss this place. Next Thursday the 15th will be the last night ride I get the honor of leading at Explore Park.The 15th is also the same night the Blue Ridge Parkway will have yet another public input meeting regarding the future of trails on BRP property. This meeting will be held at the visitor center at Explore Park. Anyone interested in having the Chestnut Ridge Loop Trail at Mill Mountain opened for multi-use is urged to attend to have your voice heard! We'll need the trail access now that Explore Park is going away.
Hope to see you Thursday!