Since its opening in 2016 Griffin Bike Park has been a place dedicated to those men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Now the park is adding a new feature.
“We are especially thinking of those that have trouble using regular bicycles or who have been injured in war and want to stay active,” Dona Griffin said. “So they can use bikes that have been adapted and use a trail that’s just a little bit wider.”
Ground breaking of the new Warrior Trail took place Tuesday night.
The four to six foot trail will double as both a hand-bike accessible and a beginners trail.
The project will be divided into three phases, the first connecting the main trail from the lake dock up to Dale’s memorial.
That memorial honors sgt. Dale Griffin who died in Afghanistan in 2009.
Phases two and three will run off that path.
“This ones going to be tough, being as wide as it’s going to go,” Rich Moore said. “And this is a tough one. We’ve got it flagged. Blake and I both have about when in the lake flagging. So this one is going to be slow and tough being that wide. We just want to get people on bikes and show people the passion that we have.”
The new trail will be the first of it’s kind in the state of Indiana.
And with it, the hopes of bringing the joy of riding to folks who thought they’d never ride again.
“The more that they can do and be shown that they can do it helps them overcome perceive limitations that are in their own minds,” Michael Wells said. “So it’s all about opening a door for them and showing them how we opened doors and when they open that door there is going to be more doors. But we hope to give them the tools to open up those additional doors.”
It’s a path officials say will hopefully be the road most traveled.
“It’s just the best feeling in the world, you know,” Griffin said.
Completion of the first phase of the new trail is set to wrap up spring of next year with the second phase starting soon after.
The project will certainly add to the number of visitors at the park.
In fact last year approximately 40 thousand people enjoyed The Griffin Bike Park.