The grand opening for Tacoma's first mountain bike trail system is Saturday at Swan Creek Park. Here are the details:
Grand Opening: March 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include bike demos and a poker run.
Cost: There is no charge for the event or to use the trails.
Location: The Douglas Fir Forest section near the middle of Swan Creek Park.
Parking: Near the end of E. 56th Street east of Portland Avenue. Or on E. T Street near Lister Elementary.
Trails: Entry level, 1 ½ miles. Intermediate, ½ mile. A technical skill building zone offers terrain ranging from “more difficult” to “experts only.”
Size: About 50 acres. Mountain bikes aren’t allowed on other trails in the 373-acre park.
Restrictions: Mountain bikes are not allowed in other areas of the park, including the pedestrian trails in Swan Creek Canyon.
Future Plans: A second phase of construction will build more trails and features in open spaces.
Work parties: The trails were built and are maintained by volunteers. Work parties are organized by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.