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Forsyths Central Park losing mountain bike trail
Water department securing property

FORSYTH COUNTY — The end of an agreement between two Forsyth County departments will affect a couple of recreation activities at Central Park.

The mountain bike trail will shut down in late May, officials have announced, after the county’s water and sewer department decided to secure the site for safety and development reasons.

That same decision also will alter the layout of the park’s disc gold course, which skirts the property line.

Though most of the mountain bike trail is on parks property, part of it — including the largest hill — is on land the department owns.

“With the construction of that mountain bike trail, they actually went off the park property and encroached onto the water and utilities property, where there’s this big dirt hill,” said Jim Pryor, the county’s parks director. “Well, that was the mountain in the mountain bike trail.”

Pryor said that when the parks department built the trail, it was intended to be temporary. It will now use the path as a walking trail

“Whenever we built the facility, we were told it was temporary until water and sewer had to use it,” he said. “We were instructed that for safety purposes and future development, they were now closing off the water and utilities plant and putting a fence up on the border.”

The trail was maintained and built by the Southern Off Road Bike Association.  The county also has SORBA-maintained biking trails at Haw Creek and Charleston parks.

“With no mountain on this course, it’s a relatively flat trail,” Pryor said. “SORBA has indicated that they would like to pull out and use their resources at the other places.”

Though the parks department was concerned the change would affect up to four of the 27 holes on the disc golf course, the change likely will be much less drastic.

“We’re very lucky, because it’s only affecting the holes and tee pads, which the water department has said we can kind of angle around certain areas,” said Matt Pate, outdoor recreation manager with the parks department.

“At first we thought four may be affected. It may be only one tee and maybe one basket.”

Disc golf requires players to hurl a flying disc at metal baskets. As in golf, the object is to score as few points as possible.

At their meeting on Tuesday, the county’s parks and recreation board voted 3-0-2, with members Todd Holbrook and Kimberly Brown absent, to move forward with the changes.