Orlando’s First Mountain Bike Park’s Opens After Million Dollar Clean Up

Orlando’s First Mountain Bike Park is a 19-acre parcel of land in the Cowtown neighborhood behind Fashion Square Mall called Lake Druid Park (899 Coy Drive, Orlando, FL 32803) with a planned ribbon cutting opening ceremony on October 31, 2015 at 10am.

But this property wasn’t always an outdoor-lover’s heaven.

One known as Area C, the land used to be “polluted with tetrachloroethene from an old dry-cleaning facility,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. This land was part of a larger give from the Navy to the city, but “city officials resisted taking” it.

The grounds got a cleaning and in 2009, the U.S. Navy conveyed this 19-acre site to the City through the Federal Lands to Parks program at no cost to Orlando residents.
However, in 2012, when some leftover warehouses were demolished, they found more chemicals which required another cleanup by the Navy, this time costing an estimated one million dollars according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The park will include a large open field, new trees, a paved walking path, Mountain Bike Trails, pump track and a community garden.

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