VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Wabash Valley is home to many recreation spaces when it comes to our parks systems.
This weekend another extension of that park system is being unveiled in the form of a bike park.
The Griffin Bike Park has been in the works for about two and a half years.
Dona Griffin and her family can’t wait to see this park officially open.
“It’s been good for us,” Griffin said. “It’s been good for the community. One of the things I like is that everybody is so invested because when you’re invested in a project you’re going to make sure it’s a success.”
The park is named after Griffin’s son Dale who gave his life while serving overseas.
The more than 16 miles of trails aren’t officially open yet, but Griffin says it’s already having an impact.
“I get excited because I see a lot of families coming together,” Griffin said. “Fathers and sons, mothers and kids and then the whole family you know. And they keep coming back and they always go out of their way to tell us how much they are enjoying it.”
The park has many different riding features.
Whether, you’re a beginner, advanced rider, or not a rider at all, Griffin says the park has something for you.
“People can walk out here, it’s a beautiful place to walk,” Griffin said. “It’s like having a state park in your city. You can bike out here, you can have picnics.”
The park is already creating some national buzz because of the kind of park it is.
Kara Kish with the parks department hopes that buzz will continue and benefit the local economy.
“To have the trail system that we will have as well as the destination venues that we have, a dual slalom course, dirt jumps, bike pump track, those are all things that are extremely unique to have within one setting,” Kish said.
Kish also said that the park was built to accommodate national and international competitions, adding to the potential for that economic impact.
So as the final touches are put into place for opening day, Dona Griffin says it’s a good feeling to be able to leave this legacy.
“It’s a project that Dale would be proud of,” Griffin said. “And you know, I’m sure that he’s doing high fives in heaven.”
The $1.5 million project has been made possible by donations.
The official grand opening will happen on Saturday, October 15 at 11 a.m. at Griffin Bike Park.
Griffin says you should get their early as they’re expecting a large crowd.