PARKWAY TRAIL SYSTEM OPEN!

SAMBA is proud to announce that the Parkway Trail System in Harrisburg is officially open for everyone to enjoy. It took us several years to work through the process of identifying stakeholders, reaching out and forming relationships, making presentations to municipalities, government officials and other landowners, working through agreements with landowners, insurance issues, crossing a state road, legal issues, storm water management, trail sustainability, urban blight and trash, risk management, maintenance plan, etc, etc.
Then…Harrisburg City Council approved our resolution last July and we began work in the dirt which would continue every weekend and some week nights until last week, only missing dates in January and February. Our tenacious volunteers logged nearly 1300 hours during that time to sculpt the terrain and unleash nearly 8 miles of single track with the intent of developing a network that had a good balance of new-school fast and flowey trails and old-school style twisty and technical lines. We feel like we have a great starting point with plans to build two more miles of trail soon.
We held an official ribbon cutting last Thursday with project partners and then hosted the opening day last Saturday with lots of support from the local cycling community. THANK YOU to Pedal Pusher, Holmes Cycling and Fitness, Mountainside Ski and Sports, Quality Bicycle Products, Bike Harrisburg, Harrisburg Bike Club, Recycle Bicycle as well as Troeg’s Brewing Co., Paxtang Grill, Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Harrisburg Area Roller Derby, LCSWMA, Mad Dash Food truck, MoJoe Kool Food truck and everybody else that came out to support and celebrate.
Maps are currently available at most local bike shops and the Paxtang Grill. SAMBA will post the map on our website as well as MTBProject.com, ExplorePatrails.com and other sites in the coming days. Maps will also be available at kiosks along the Greenbelt between Cameron St. and Market St next week.
THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL THAT SACRIFICED THEIR TIME AND SWEAT TO HELP US MAKE THIS HAPPEN! WE COULDN’T HAVE ACHIEVED THIS GOAL WITHOUT YOUR HELP! YOU RULE!
What’s next?
Publish the map online
Rides!!!
More trail building. WE’RE NOT DONE YET. We still need your help!
Thanks and we hope to see you out there!
Cheers!