Griffin Bike Park Officially Opens

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It is without a doubt one of the finest biking facilities of its kind in the country.  300 acres of rolling Indiana woodlands that has been transformed into a biking Mecca.

Aubrey Kieft says, “It has all kinds of hills and you can just ride your bike and be free”

Coleman lovelace, jasper:  “this is one of the best parks that i think i’ve been to, especially for the landscape, really good engineering.”

The Griffin Bike Park is named in honor of Sgt. Dale Griffin, the Terre Haute native who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.  Sgt. Griffin loved biking and often rode through the very same woods that is now the bike park.   


Gene Griffin, father of Sgt. Dale Griffin says “It is just the most amazing thing, this started out as you know pencil marks on a napkin and now you’re talking about trails on a national map.”

The project involved countless hours of volunteer work and the efforts by many organizations like the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department.  It’s also an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project and something that Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his wife embraced because of how it honors Sgt. Griffin and other American heroes.


Gov. Mike Pence says ” what i think has been most inspiring to Karen and me about Griffin Bike Park is that here we will celebrate the exuberance and the courage with which this hero lived.”

As someone who enjoys riding mountain bike, this is awesome.  There’s something here for everybody.  Young and old.  Advanced, beginner.  It’s exactly what the griffin’s wanted and they say dale would love it.

Dona Griffin, mother of Sgt. Dale Griffin says “I don’t think we’re out her that we don’t think about him and its just now it brings a smile to my face.”

Jim Logsdon says “It’s always an honor to see something named after a veteran that has fallen.”

For Gene and Dona Griffin and their family, the park is a special place.

Gene told the crowd that often when he talks about his son a gentle breeze develops. It may just be the wind, but the griffin’s see it as a comforting reminder of that their son won’t be forgotten and that his legacy that will live on in the park that bears his name.
 

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