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New mountain bike trails taking shape at Gortin Glens

WORK is underway on the latest stage of the £1 million redevelopment of Gortin Glen Forest Park.

A 14km-long network of mountain bike trails is being constructed as part of the ambitious plans to transform the much-loved beauty spot into a ‘must-see’ family friendly destination.

Several weeks ago, the first stage of the extensive redevelopment of the park saw the opening of a state-of-the-art nature themed children’s play area, which cost £250,000 to build.

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Now, with the next phase underway, Gortin Mountain Bike Club has posted up several images on its Facebook page of the start of work on the new trails within the park.

The club stated, “We are all super pumped to see work starting.”

A later message added that “great progress” was being made by the construction team.

But the club has urged local bikers to refrain from making use of the trails before they are finished.

The Facebook post added, “It’s worth saying that these trails will take a number of months to complete and they need time to settle to ensure they are as good as planned. Please respect this folks.”

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEARA) have each committed £500,000 towards the Gortin Glen project.

Under the Development Plan, the local council has entered into a 20-year lease agreement with Forest Service NI in relation to the management of recreational areas within the park. Forest Service NI continues to manage all other aspects of the forest in relation to the extraction of timber.

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