Pro riders compete at FayetteCross 2019 in Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain. / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
Crews are set to begin infrastructure work this week on the new cycling-focused park in south Fayetteville.
Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain includes 228 acres that the city bought in 2018 using a grant and loan from the Walton Family Foundation. It will include mountain bike, cyclocross and trail running facilities, as well as a variety of other features.
The mountaintop was the site of a professional-level cyclocross race last October, and will host the 2020 Pan-American Cyclocross Championships, scheduled for Nov. 7-8, 2020.
It was also selected as the site of the Cyclocross World Championships in 2022, which will be just the second time the United States has ever hosted the event.
Work is already underway on several cross country mountain bike trails through the woods, as well as portions of the permanent cyclocross course in the clearing atop the mountain. Those trails are set to open to the public later this summer.
The initial stage of infrastructure work is scheduled to begin Monday, May 18 and will involve clearing trees along the park’s main entry drive off Old Farmington Road and installing erosion control measures in the area. Work on the first stage of construction is expected to take about 11 months to complete, according to a news release.