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Jay B Starkey Park Dedication Ceremony

Starkey Park and the SWAMP Mountain Bike Club would like you to join them for a Dedication Ceremony of their newest off-road bike trail.  This will start at noon on Saturday, June 21st at parking Lot # 10 in the Day Use Area of Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park (10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL 34655).  There will be guided rides and local runners who use this trail. Chainwheel Drive Bike Shop will provide refreshments and a mechanic for anyone that needs any pre-ride tweaks for their bike.

Late in 2013, SWAMP Club gained approval to start actually grooming the new off road bicycle trails laid out at Starkey Park.  The trail was designed to showcase some of the Park's most beautiful parts?  The first 7 mile section,  named the “Magnolia Trail,” is basically an access trail to the heart of what in anticipated to be a 35 mile trail system in the 18,000 acre park and adjacent land managed by the South West Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).  The Magnolia Trail leaves from Parking Lot # 10 winds through Pine Uplands, Old Growth Oak Woodlands, Scrub Oak, Flatwoods, past Wetlands, Cypress Domes and a beautiful Lily Pond.  Most of the land is flat and subject to flooding.  The layout attempts not only to show case the beautiful parts, but to keep the trail in the shade which riders will appreciate in the summer months, plus it leaves a more sustainable trail.  However, the best shade is along the edges of wetlands (which must be avoided) so the trail often skirts its edges on higher ground which also is where the Palmettos thrive.  Volunteers using hand tools and small pieces of heavy machinery have groomed the trail so it is rideable.  There is ample twisting and turning to give the riders rhythm and a challenge.  The more people ride it, the better the trail will become.

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  • Mark B.

    Great team effort.
    Thnx to all the Pasco county leaders and land owners for all their hard work. Looks like we're off fo another great trail systems thnx to all the folks.

    June 22, 2014

  • Joanne M.

    Fantastic.. great turn out.. weather was perfect

    June 21, 2014

  • Kevan

    Thank You everyone for coming out and joining us!

    June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined, sorry I am going to miss this as I will be out of town. Good to know about the new trails!

    June 20, 2014

  • Steve L.

    Maybe for me - working, hope to have some free time

    June 20, 2014

  • Maxis G.

    Very nice! Thank you!

    June 11, 2014

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