You can join a National Park Service park ranger for a bike ride on the North Boundary Greenway on Saturday to see how the former communities of the area have changed during the past 75 years.
It’s a free program presented by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The bike ride will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Turnpike Gatehouse and travel down Big Oak Trail and North Boundary Road, 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 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 project, and workers enriched uranium and built a pilot facility for plutonium production.
The greenway trailhead for Saturday’s bike ride is located in the parking lot of the Guardhouse at the intersection of the Oak Ridge Turnpike and Westover Drive on Highway 95 in Oak Ridge.
Tennessee state law requires that bicycle operators under 16 have to 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 press release said.
For more information or directions, call the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (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, on Twitter at MnhtnProjectNPS, or on Instagram at manhattanprojectnps.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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