GREEN  The rain, which was at times was coming down heavily, didn’t stop riders in Green from joining in the fun at the annual Bring Your Bike to the Park event on April 29. 

The event is hosted by the Green Parks and Recreation Division and was held at the newest park opened in Green, Central Park on Steese Road.

The event included a pre-season tune-up for bikes. Technicians Tyler Lutz and Ethan Taylor from Ernie’s Bike Shop in Massillon and North Canton, respectively, gave bikes a good go over to check for brakes, gears and bearings and made necessary adjustments. They also lubricated chains, inflated tires to proper pressure, tightened nuts and bolts and completed an overall safety test among other checks.

The city also accepted donations of used or old bikes that they will recondition and donate to those in need. Additionally, Kim Goodhart from the city of Green was handing out free bike helmets and bike registry information.

Goodhart said the city received a grant to purchase the helmets for the event. Deputy Leigh Burdette from the Summit County Sherriff’s Office handed out bumper stickers with safety messages and spoke with children and families about staying safe while biking.

Another tradition at the event is the bike skills course set up and run by Boy Scout Troop 330. Children under the age of 12 were invited to try their skills at different stations setup in the parking lot at Central Park.

“The Boy Scouts run the safety course as part of our community service,” said committee member and quarter master of the troop, Mike Wynn. “We have several stations setup including Slow Race, Tight Turn Bay, Start/Stop and a slalom course. The rain this morning has cut down our numbers but we usually get up to 40 kids that try the different stations.”

The rain continued to fall as many residents brought their bikes in for a checkup. Rebecca Anstine was there with her family to have all of their bikes checked out.

“The whole family is here with our bikes. We want to make sure the bikes are safe and ready for summer rides and this is a great way to do it,” Anstine said.