You can join a National Park Service park ranger for a bike ride on the North Boundary Greenway to see how the former communities of the area have changed during the past 70 years.
It’s a free program by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and it will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29. The program will begin at the Turnpike Gatehouse and travel down Quarry Trail, a press release said
“Along the ride, we will explore the former communities that were here before the Manhattan Project,” the press release said. “Rangers will stop several times along the bike ride to point out the rich history that is found within the Oak Ridge area.”
The Turnpike Gatehouse is located at 2900 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. Tennessee state law requires that bicycle operators under 16 years of age must wear a helmet, and child passengers under 40 pounds or 40 inches must be seated and secured in a child restraining seat or bicycle trailer, the press release said.
“For your safety, visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate footwear,” the release said.
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II. Oak Ridge was a production site for the Manhattan Project. Besides Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which is just over one year old, includes Hanford, Washington, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the park’s website for more information at https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm. You can follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ManhattanProjectNPS, follow the park’s Twitter feed @MnhtnProjectNPS, or follow the park on Instagram @manhattanprojectnps.
For more information or directions, contact the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 576-6767.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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