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Superior commission approves name for mountain bike trail

Geography and irony blend in a new name for a trail that started as a senior project.

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Volunteers work to clear brush in June 2020 in the Superior Municipal Forest for a new mountain bike trail off the Millennium Trail. For two years, Henry Campbell, 19, has assembled volunteers to make the trails he aspired to build for his senior project a reality. (Photo courtesy of Henry Campbell)
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A new mountain bike trail in the Superior Municipal Forest that loops off the Millennium Trail could soon have a name of its own: “Senior Slide.”

The trail was built by volunteers working with Henry Campbell of Superior. He launched the effort as his senior project when he attended Marshall School in Duluth.

Over the two summers that followed his 2019 graduation, Campbell coordinated volunteers to make the trail loop a reality.

“It looks in wonderful shape,” said Gene Rosberg, a member of Superior’s Parks and Recreation Commission, at the commission's meeting on Thursday, Oct. 28. “I think you did a nice job with it, Henry.”

“Senior slide denotes slacking off, and you did not slack off, so what brought you to this name?” Commissioner Elizabeth Noren asked.

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“Maybe it’s a little bit of irony, but part of it is the project started when the senior slide could have taken place instead,” Campbell said.

However, he said the trail’s geography helped decide the name.

“The trail kind of traverses the ravine over to the left portion of the Millennium Trail that runs along that field so you’re kind of sliding up and down ravines,” Campbell said. “That’s how we came to that name.”

The parks and recreation commission unanimously approved the new name, launching the city’s process for naming park facilities.

For 60 days, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the new name. If there are no major objections to the name, the commission would recommend it to the Superior City Council after the public comment period has ended.

Work isn't over for Campbell and the volunteers. Construction of a second mountain bike loop got underway this summer.

“We’re hoping to continue working on that next segment starting up next spring,” Campbell said.

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"I appreciate all the volunteer hours you've put into this," said Keith Kern, commission chair.

He encouraged Campbell to continue to be clever with the name of the next loop so it all ties together.

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