They didn’t have their bikes out, but that didn’t stop three Pittsburg City Commissioners from finishing the trails at the 23rd Street Bike Park Monday evening.

They didn’t have their bikes out, but that didn’t stop three Pittsburg City Commissioners from finishing the trails at the 23rd Street Bike Park Monday evening.

Pittsburg Mayor Rudy Draper and City Commissioners Marty Beezley and Pam Henderson toured the park ahead of tonight’s vote on whether to open it to the public.

“I loved it,” Beezley said. “I’m incredibly appreciative and impressed by the work and the vision of the gentlemen who put this together.”

Beezley went on to call the park another tool for attracting and keeping young professionals and families.

A citizen group led by Ronnie Light, John Harrison and Josh Poznic asked commissioners to create the park at a meeting in February. After garnering approval, the group did everything from clearing off the trails and spray-killing poison ivy to creating a bridge.

“The city did the signage, but other than that, all of this came from volunteer work,” Light said. “All of the materials were donated.”

Poznic planned out the bridge, and city staff approved of its structure and made suggestions, Light said.

The opened trails would mark the end of Phase One of a volunteer project to renovate the 23rd Street Dumps into an adventure park. Ideas for future phases include the addition of a dirt-bike type of track with jumps, along with the relocation of the Pittsburg Skate Park.

The bike park offers three different trails depending on ability level. The green trail is the easiest, featuring mostly dirt, while the black trails offer some stair-type drops, gap jumps and rougher terrain. The blue trails are between the two.

“The green trails aren’t exactly something for mom and the kids,” said Roger Lomshek, owner of Tailwind Cyclists and volunteer on the project. “But it’s something that your average adventurous 12-year-old could do.”

“This place is probably a touch up from Wilderness Park in Frontenac (in terms of difficulty),” Lomshek said.

Draper said the trail would also make a nice hiking or running trail.

“I go out to run sometimes at Wilderness,” Draper said. “So it will be nice to not have to go to Frontenac. It’s a definite asset to the city.”

If commissioners approve opening the park, Light said it was trail-ready for incoming bikers.

“The way I understand it is that once they approve it, it would be open,” Light said. “So I suppose if you wanted, you could grab your bikes right after the meeting and head on out.”

• to help with the park, or for more information, visit www.23rdstreetbikepark.com.

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134.