Vandals destroy Longwood mountain bike trail

Vandals destroy Longwood mountain bike trail

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Volunteers who maintain the Soldier's Creek Mountain Bike Trail in Longwood are trying to pick up the pieces after vandals destroyed the trail Thursday night, making it dangerous for bikers.

"This was completely destroyed, ripped out thrown over there -- all the boards knocked out and flipped upside down," said Dale Serge who helps maintain the trail.

Serge says most of the significant damage has been repaired, but the pictures he took shows how bikers discovered the trail Friday morning.  Bridges were broken right down the middle, others were removed all together and thrown into the creek.

"My heart just fell to the ground, seeing all the work that myself and the volunteers have done over the years just destroyed," Serge said.

 Bikers like Alex Montes who frequent the trail say for those like himself who were unaware of the vandalism, it made for a risky ride.

 "I had no idea about it until I was about to go over one of the wooden bridges and it wasn't there, so somebody could definitely get hurt if they don't know about it in advance," Montes said.

 One portion of trial is still missing a bridge, parts of it are now scattered along the trail. Serge says the trail is on Seminole County land, but volunteers like himself and others maintain it, they spent most of their weekend replacing what they could to make it safe an rideable once again.

 "There's still a lot of work we have to do, there's still some bridges missing that have to be replaced, it takes money and it be taken care of and we'll ride again," Serge said.

 The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the vandalism, volunteers are also collecting donations for the remaining repairs on the trial, for more information click here:

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