Joplin cyclists working to create city's first mountain bike trail | joplinglobe.com

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At the same time, cyclists have designed what would be Joplin's first official off-road mountain bike trail. The trail would loop Dover Hill Park if all phases are completed. The first phase should be ready later this year.

Joplin firefighter Mark Cox, the owner of Blues Bike Co., outlined the plan to create the bike trail at a meeting Wednesday night of the city board. Cox sought the city's cooperation with the plan by speaking to the City Council in May. The council told him to work with the Parks & Recreation Department on it.

Parks Director Paul Bloomberg said Dover Hill has gone virtually unused for several years. It's soccer fields have been dormant since new fields were installed at the Joplin Athletic Complex.

"It would be a shared path because walkers could use it and runners could go there as well," Bloomberg told the parks board.

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