You can join a park ranger for a bike ride down Melton Lake Greenway and learn more about the city’s history later this month.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will present the free program on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. The program will begin at Elza Gate Park, a former entry point to the once-secret city, and continue down Melton Lake Greenway.
“Rangers will stop several times along the bike ride to point out the rich history that is found within the Oak Ridge area,” a press release said.
The ride will be approximately eight miles round-trip; it is recommended that visitors bring drinking water, the press release said.
Oak Ridge was part of the top-secret Manhattan Project, a federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II. Oak Ridge is now part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which also includes Hanford, Washington, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Elza Gate Park is located at 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Directions and information are available at the National Park Service desk in the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, or you can call (865) 482-1942.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the website for more information on the park 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 at @MnhtnProjectNPS, or follow the park on Instagram @manhattanprojectnps.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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