The Village of Cumberland along with a trail specialist from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), local park stakeholders, the United Riders of Cumberland and the Cumberland Community Forest Society will be decommissioning the lower section of the Shock Therapy trail in the Cumberland Community Forest later this month. Shock Therapy, located in the western section of the park adjacent to the Dodge City Down Hill trail, was built in violation of the conservation covenant on the park and has negatively impacted the ecology and historic values of the area.
This cooperative approach to trail management reflects the multi-use nature of the Village's extensive trail network. "There are a lot of different groups that use and have an interest in our trail network," said Kevin McPhedran, Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator with the Village of Cumberland. "By working together with the various stakeholders we are able to move toward our goal of effective park management and stewardship."