By Carmen Russo
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza joined members of the City Council,
Parks Superintendent Wendy Nilsson, Director Joe Salem from Roger Williams Park
Services, Rhode Island Foundation Senior Vice President of Strategy and Community,
Jessica David and community project partners Cara Burgess, Victor Burgess, and Ed
Raff in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Off-Road Bicycle Area at Roger
Williams Park. The site provides a safe area dedicated to off-road biking that is
open to Mountain, Cyclocross, and BMX bicycles.
«Making considerable investments in the local parks that our families visit is a key
part of making neighborhoods across our city stronger and more vibrant,» said Mayor
Elorza. «This new Off-Road Bicycle Area provides an opportunity for cyclists of all
ages to enjoy Roger Williams Park in a truly unique and dynamic way. I thank all of
our community partners and volunteers for their work to make this project possible.»
The 1 acre Off-Road Bicycle Area which is located across the street from the Temple
of Music and south of Hamlin Street will be open Monday through Sunday from 7:00 AM
to 9:00PM. The area features a pump track, which is a dirt course consisting of
rollers and berms that enable riders to propel themselves through the course using
their body weight rather than pedaling.
The site was constructed with repurposed materials from past road and field projects
and with the help of volunteers from Circuit BMX, the Met School, One Cyclocross
Providence, Full Cycle, Roger Williams Parks Department Team, and the Providence
Parks & Recreation Department.
Cyclists interested in more information about the Off-Road Bicycle Area can contact
the City’s Parks Department at (401)785-9450.