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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2007

Eric Coleman on a bike trail at Sparkman Park on Tuesday.
Daily photo by Deangelo McDaniel
Eric Coleman on a bike trail at Sparkman Park on Tuesday.

Hartselle teens want to save dirt bike trail

By Deangelo McDaniel · 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Between 20 and 25 Hartselle teenagers don’t want city leaders here to destroy the BMX dirt trail they have been constructing for about five years.

Park and Recreation Director Frank Miller seemed surprised when asked if the city had plans to remove what appears to be piles of dirt.

“Apparently, this is just a misunderstanding,” he said. “Right now, we have no immediate plans to tear down the trail.”

Eric Coleman, who helped construct the trail one shovel of dirt at a time, said a park employee told him they were destroying the trail to make room for a road to the soccer complex.

The mounds of dirt are behind the youth baseball fields in Sparkman Park and at the back of land where the city has plans to construct a soccer complex.

City employees did smooth out some of the smaller piles of dirt in the area so Hartselle can mow the grass.

“As for the mounds of dirt they ride bikes over, we have no plans to remove them at this time,” Miller said.

Coleman and his friends said they don’t use the youth baseball and soccer fields.

“This is what we want the city to let us have,” he said, referring to the mounds of dirt. “Everything here was built and shaped with our hands.”

About a year ago, the city spend about $6,000 to construct a bike ramp near Sparkman Street where part of the American Legion baseball fields were located.

“They said they couldn’t use the dirt trail when it rained, so we built this,” Miller said.

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