Norway considers mountain bike trail

October 3, 2017


Iron Mountain Daily News

A mountain bike trail system from Marion Park to Piers Gorge is one step closer to reality after the Norway City Council on Monday allowed local residents working with the Dickinson County Bike Path Committee to start phase one of the project.

Phase one consists of creating beginner-level trails up to 2 miles in total length on city-owned property from the park pavilion to south of Oak Crest Golf Course, Norway Parks and Recreation Committee Member Beau Anderson said.

All costs and equipment, including tools, chain saws, leaf blowers, marking flags and signage, will be covered by the bike path committee, Anderson noted.

Although the trails will be designed with mountain bikers in mind, hikers also would be able to use the beginner-level trails, resident Steve Viehl said.

Subsequent phases, which Anderson said will take place over several years, will create moderate and advanced trails on properties further south and west owned by the city, Norway-Vulcan Area Schools, Verso Corp. and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Council members were enthusiastic about the idea, with Lee Meneghini calling Marion Park a perfect trailhead with parking and restrooms.

The council, at City Attorney Grant Carlson’s suggestion, also agreed to draw up a license agreement and get proof of insurance from the bike path committee.

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