New Summerville, Georgia, bike park is built by riders for riders

Photo contributed by Down in the Dirt Photography / Jarrod’s Place is Georgia’s first shuttle-serviced bike park.

Georgia's first shuttle-serviced bike park, Jarrod's Place, is now open near Summerville about an hour outside Chattanooga.

"We ride -- it's our whole life, it's our passion," says Marietta, Georgia, resident Jarrod Harris, who co-owns the park with Josh Cohan. "We really just want to expand the sport, get more people into the sport. The best thing that ever happened to me is being able to ride a bike, and I've watched it change other people's lives too."

The park is actually the third incarnation of Jarrod's Place, which was previously located in Canton and then Jasper, Georgia. Neither was open to the public, and users were required to make a donation or work on the trails.

"We're on a different level now," Harris says of the new park, which offers day passes starting at $25, monthly memberships starting at $85 and six-month memberships starting at $425.

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