by Mark Muro
BUMP and Shelby County Alabama have again partnered to continue executing the master trail plan at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, Alabama. With this effort, an accessible trail will provide persons with disabilities a scenic, overlook view and a visit to some of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) history at Oak Mountain State Park. A new viewing platform is being constructed high on Double Oak ridge and one of the abandoned CCC Fire Pit sites is being improved as an accessible, day use, picnic area.
These positive control points will be connected by an accessible trail centered by handicap parking. The eastern terminus of the accessible trail will soon be extended as a beginner level, multi-use trail open to bikes and pedestrians. The extension will provide access to other CCC Fire Pit sites and connect to the existing mountain bike trail. Project funding is being assisted by a Land Water Conservation Fund grant, Shelby County, Alabama and BUMP. The accessible portion of this project is expected to be open by summer 2013. When complete, the master trail plan developed by BUMP for Oak Mountain State Park will provide 40 miles of mountain bike trail.