The city of Marietta, members of the A.L. Burruss family and mountain biking enthusiasts hit the trails to celebrate the opening of four hiking and family-friendly mountain-biking trails August 23 at Burruss Park, off South Cobb Drive near Cobb Parkway.
Admission to the park is free, and the park is open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to enter the park by making a right off South Cobb Drive. “The park and all trails are open seven days a week during daylight hours,” Recreation Services manager Mike Gabler said.
“City Council recently passed an ordinance that allows bicycling on the trails at Burruss Park, and soon we’ll have them at Wildwood Park,” Marietta Parks and Recreation director Rich Buss said.
Burruss Park is a little more than 46 acres and includes a main family-friendly bike trail with three connecting trails and a pavilion. “The trails are not real difficult and are good for young children just learning how to ride,” Buss said. “There is one segment with a pretty good climb that will get anybody’s heart rate up.”
The city, in conjunction with the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA), hopes to continue to develop the park in the future, Buss said. “We hope to create more trails and a switchback off the more difficult trails,” he said. “People that spend a lot of time riding would probably say the more difficult trail falls in the intermediate range.”
City of Marietta and Life University police officers patrol the park regularly, Buss said.
The park has four hiking and family-friendly biking trails, which total approximately a mile, Gabler said. “The short trails are family-friendly and a great introduction to off-road bicycling.”
To help prevent injuries on the trails and ensure long-term trail sustainability, directional signs will be posted to let bicyclists and pedestrians know which way to go.
“The trails in Burruss Park are the only trails available in Marietta’s parks that people can ride bikes on,” Gabler said. “We hope the additional trails will encourage more use of the park by the public.”
Encouraging revitalization of current parks, establishing new parks for active and passive use and rejuvenating park and green space for the community are goals City Council established as part of Marietta’s vision statement.
For more information, call Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department at 770-794-5601.