MOCA volunteers monitor and maintain the off-road cycling trail. Visit MOCA for volunteer information.
About the Off-Road Cycling Trail
The MPRB is dedicated to using the latest techniques for building fun, long-lasting, sustainable trails. Sustainable natural surface trails are constructed from native soils and come in the form of walking paths, running paths, nature trails, and mountain bike trails.
The natural surface trails within Theodore Wirth Park officially opened in 2005 as a sanctioned facility in the Minneapolis Park System.
The trail was originally a demonstration project to prove the sustainability of off-road trails in the system. The project demonstrated that a sustainable, safe, and low-maintenance trail can protect natural resources, challenge off-road cyclists, and be compatible with other park uses.
The trail was developed according to the best practices of MOCA (Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates) and MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists). The partnership between these two groups and the Park Board is essential to the long life of the existing trails and the creation of new trails.
Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis’ renowned recreational system. (See Theodore Wirth Park section.)
Penalty for Building Unofficial Trails
Construction permits are required by the MPRB for any projects within the park system, including trail building. MOCA obtained a construction permit, and the trails it constructed in accordance with the permit are sustainable and meet the MPRB’s risk management considerations. Engaging in construction within the park system, i.e., building unofficial trails can result in a $1,000 fine per incident.