Persistent rain keeping popular hiking and biking trails closed

York

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Whether you’re at Rocky Ridge County Park to bicycle or at John Rudy to play soccer, you’ll get the same message at the entrance: both parks and all others throughout York remain closed.

“We’re closed more than we are open right now,” said Mike Forbes, of York County Parks. “You can have one bad day and they can ruin a field, and we wouldn’t get it back for the year.”

Park officials say they just can’t take the risk. Fields and trails are too muddy, and using them would mean serious repair work. 

“I understand the need to protect trails, but you got that nice bike in the garage collecting dust because every time you get the chance to ride you can’t because it’s just so wet,” said Jay Zech, of Gung Ho Bikes. 

Local outdoor shops like Gung Ho say business has become unpredictable. 

“It seems like it’s been doing this forever. Last year, it just rained and rained,” Zech said. 

The cycling community now has to travel outside the county to ride this spring. 

“Everybody is whining. Everybody is sad. It’s just, uh, we want the sun out, we want it constant,” said Zech. 

But it’s the same for local sports teams who use the parks for games. Even use of the pavilions for big events is dropping. 

Officials say there are no refunds when families book a space, so to avoid losing money, many are finding other areas to plan an event.

“I have been doing this for 28 years now, and these last two years have been the most where I am constantly watching the weather,” said Fobes. 

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