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Vandals strike mountain bike trail before grand opening

This sign at Enterprise South Nature Park is one of several vandalized. The Southern Off Road Bicycle Association said it will not sidetrack them from their grand opening Saturday April 14 at 1:00pm.

Vandals struck the signage and more on trails at the Enterprise South Nature Park.

The target was the work of the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association or SORBA.

But the acts of vandalism will not stop SORBA's mission of a grand opening Saturday, April 14.

SORBA has been looking forward to next Saturday for a long time.

Membership Director Noel Lawson elaborated, "This project has been three years in the making, thousands of man hours. Not only just trail building, but signage and planning it."

But someone took a shot at all of this work.

They damaged trail markers, pulled sign posts out of the ground, spray painted vulgar pictures on markers and directional signs. Lawson explained what her group will have to do. "We'll have to get some new wood chicanes placed at the trail head. We'll have to get some new trail markers placed. The kiosk that was destroyed, we'll have to get that repaired."

Aside from the harm to SORBA, the work of others was also damaged.

Wild Trail - a trail running advocacy group - also volunteered on this project.

These trails are not just for mountain bikes, but also for hiking and trail running.

But the biggest slap in the face was the damage to the trail markers. Those markers were placed by Boy Scouts, the Eagle Service Project of one Scout in particular. "We have informed them all. Of course, they're all just as upset as we are. But they know we'll get everything put right back in place and be ready for our opening day," Lawson noted.

Five and a half miles of trails wind through these woods.

This coming week, SORBA will spend their money and time getting the trail user friendly. "It's (the vandalism) still not going to stop us. We're still going to go ahead. We're going to make sure that we're ready to open."

And for the culprits, Lawson offered these words. "I would hope that they would have a little remorse in their heart."

The grand opening for SORBA and this Atlas Trail off of the Still Hollow Loop is at one o'clock next Saturday. They hope to have about 100 people come out and enjoy a ride in nature.

There is no surveillance video of the area.

If you know something about the vandalism, contact the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department.

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