Toledo Free Ride is a group of volunteers developing and building mountain biking trails in Toledo, Ohio. They've recently added on to the existing Jermain park trail with 3.3 additional miles on the Ottawa park side. The bike skills and dirt jump park is now open as well.
- The trail is now about 6.4 miles long with beginner through expert skill features.
- The bike skills park area contains dirt jumps, a pump track and a skills area with progressive stunts from beginner to expert.
- Parking with easy access to both the trail and park is available.
We're always looking for suggestions or ideas for new features but please contact someone at TFR before proceeding with building or changing anything. We need to make sure that everything is well built and safe for everyone to use.
Ottawa-Jermain Park Home Page
The Dirt Jump and Skills Park is now open. Check out the Facebook page for videos of the first dirt jump contest.
Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Grand Opening including, Wersell's, Mountain Man and the Maumee Valley Wheelman. We had a great time despite the dreary weather.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication of more than 45 volunteers working in excess of 500 hours to organize and build the trail as well as support from Mayor Bell, the Ottawa and Jermain Park's board, the City of Toledo Park's board and the department of parks and forestry. As the mayor said "It's amazing what can be done when government gets out of the way" Hopefully, this is only the beginning to more trails being opened up in the Toledo area. Next year we'll start construction on the adjoining bike park as well as adding skill features for the current trail.
Finally, roughly 10 people competed in the time trials with Aaron from UT having the best time at 19:51 for the entire length. For the kids ride, Bryce won with a time of 12:06 for the front loop. Congrats to both.
On July 19th Jay Catlow placed a geocache along the trail. Hopefully, this will bring it to the attention of many more folks who may get out there.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2010
Contact: Tim Burns
City of Toledo
Division of Parks & Forestry 419.936.2896
City To Introduce New Bike Trail & Park
Free to ride, free to the city
Mountain bike riders and trail enthusiasts will soon have a local outlet to enjoy off-road biking. Toledo Free Ride is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing both a quality mountain bike trail and bicycle park to Toledo. The result of their passion will be the development of a new trail and bike park at Jermain Park and Jermain Meadow Park. The best part is that the trail will be at no cost to the City of Toledo and will be completed by volunteers.
Toledo Free Ride is still recruiting volunteers to help with trail building on July 10. Volunteers should meet at the Jermain Park parking lot on Upton near the Tennis Courts at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 10. The event will last from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and volunteers are welcome to join at anytime.
The trail design offers a single track off road bicycle course that will be approximately 2.5 to 3 miles long with scenic views of the Ottawa River. The trail will have beginner to intermediate skill level features. The course is designed to be a single directional loop intermixed with technical skill areas. It will not disrupt existing wetlands in the parks.
The separate bike park will offer dirt jumps, a pump track and skill areas along with progressive stunts for beginner to expert level riders. A highly visible and proven design has been laid out and construction is expected to begin on July 10th. Clear signage and easy access to parking will make the course practical for many riders.
Those interested in volunteering or looking for more information about the park may contact Tim Burns with the City of Toledo Division of Parks & Forestry at 419.936.2896 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Toledo Free Ride at email@example.com.