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Cycling trail groups announce plans for nine miles of new trails at Waterworks Park

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A nonprofit trails advocacy group, a local bike shop and the City of Annapolis will team up to build nine miles of new trails on Defense Highway.

Volunteers, led by the nonprofit group Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts and TrailWerks Cyclery in Annapolis will construct approximately nine miles of single track trail at the city's Waterworks Park.

The trails will consist of four loops and five connector trails over rolling terrain, with access to the Anne Arundel County Bacon Ridge trails in Crownsville.

The existing facilities at Waterworks Park will not be impacted or intersected, with the new trails located entirely outside of the existing permit-only park.

The trail will extend from Housley Road and Defense Highway north to Honeysuckle Lane. This project will extend the Anne Arundel County trail network to nearly 30 miles, with additional projects to be announced soon.

Construction will begin June 2. The project will be done with no cost to the city and all work done by volunteers. The estimated value of a project this size from design to build is about $800,000.

Donations for Waterworks Park can be made at: https://more-mtb.org/collections/maryland-trails/products/waterworks-park

Founded in 1992, the advocacy group maintains hundreds of miles of natural-surface trails in more than 50 state and county parks throughout the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan region.

TrailWerks Cyclery has worked closely with the nonprofit, developing the trails at Bacon Ridge Natural Area.

The project is the latest involving bikes and Annapolis. Two projects connect trails to create more opportunities for walkers, runners and bikers to move around the city safely. The mayor plans to create a West-East Express (or WEE, as he calls it) to connect the Waterworks Park with the Historic District downtown.

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