Trail users hope for help in Luton Park cleanup

(A day picking up trash is a good day in the outdoors)

Mountain bike riders are excited to be allowed to use a beautiful piece of Rockford property to enjoy their sport, but are hoping for some help in cleaning up trash. Members will be meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the Luton barn, 6099 Kies Avenue (from Rockford Ten Mile to Courtland, south to Kies, east to the barn) to pick up litter.

The western chapter of the MMBA has been trying to build more trails in Kent County for years. There is currently under 20 miles of single track (natural surface narrow trail) in Kent County. This is a very small amount for a city the size of Grand Rapids. When a large population of hikers, bike riders, etc use one or two small trail systems they can become over crowded.

Kent County finally found a home for the MMBA at Luton Park. Luton is undeveloped and suited their needs and the county’s needs perfectly. The MMBA offered to build and maintain the trail system for Kent County and its residents free of charge. So far MMBA members have logged over 900 man hours developing the current 6.5 mile natural surface trail at Luton Park.

It is their intent to share it with the community by making it a multi-use trail. The stacked loop system allows for more multi-trail users with less conflict between groups. Most hikers will hike shorter more direct routes such as the Blue Loop and interact less often with the bike riders who are spread amongst all the loops.

Removing the trash will be a huge benefit to all. Enjoy the day making this public park cleaner. Luton Park was donated by the Luton family and is a beautiful property with two creeks, fields,  and lots of wildlife and a variety of woodlands. It is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts.

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