You can join a National Park Service ranger for a bike ride on the North Boundary Greenway to see how the former communities of the area have changed during the past 75 years.
The free program is presented by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which includes Oak Ridge.
The bike ride program will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 19, at the Turnpike Gatehouse and travel down Big Oak Trail and North Boundary Road.
“Along the ride, we will explore the former communities that were here before the Manhattan Project,” a 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 greenway trailhead 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 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.
For more information or directions, call the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 482-1942.
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park includes Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, Tennessee. The park tells the story of the people, events, science, and engineering that led to the building of the bomb, which was used on Japan twice in August 1945, shortly before Japan surrendered.
You can visit the Manhattan Project National Historical Park website for more information at https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm. Follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Manhattan ProjectNPS, on Twitter at MnhtnProjectNPS, or on Instagram at manhattanprojectnps.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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