Brentwood residents are campaigning for a new mountain biking trail at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. The proposed 4- to 6-mile trail would bring another option for off-road cycling to Williamson County.
"Our goal with this trail is to make it to where it’s accessible for a wide variety of people. You don’t have to be a pro-level mountain bike rider to be able to ride it," said Matt Robertson, a park advocate. "We want to use this to grow the sport."
Mountain biking is a growing pastime in Middle Tennessee. In addition to recreational and adult riders, K-12 students compete on Williamson County composite teams in the Tennessee National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Team members have won top prizes at state competitions, including the overall team points state championship for middle school teams and the overall team points competition.
Middle Tennessee trail riders can currently ride on trails in places like Wilkins Branch in Franklin or Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Marty Tank, a coach of the middle school team, said a new trail in Brentwood wouldn’t just be fun for kids, it would also be more convenient for parents. The closest trails for many families are in Franklin, and having a more local trail would cut down on travel time to after school practices.
"If we can have somewhere to practice a lot closer, that makes it a little bit more accessible for everyone else," Tank said. "There is a certain amount of people that will just be able to ride to […]