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National Park Service offers unique opportunities

The National Park Service’s Manhattan Project National Historical Park will host two events over the next week that will begin at the Turnpike Gatehouse and allow participants to learn more about the history of the formerly-Secret City.

First, you are invited to join a park ranger for a bike ride on the North Boundary Greenway to see how the former communities of the area have changed over the past 70 years.  The free program begins this Saturday, June 17, at 10 am.

The program will begin at the Turnpike Gatehouse and travel down Quarry Trail, where riders will explore the former communities that were here before the Manhattan Project. Rangers will stop several times along the route to point out historically significant areas.

Tennessee state law requires that bicycle operators under 16 years of age must wear a helmet and child passengers under 40 pounds or 40 inches must be seated and secured in a child restraining seat or bicycle trailer. For your safety, visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate footwear, a press release said.

The Park will also present a program on Friday, June 23, from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Turnpike Gatehouse that will give visitors some insight in to what life was like in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project with all the security, the need for secrecy, and the worry of spies.

This program is free and open to the public. Parking is limited, so officials encourage attendees to please carpool if possible.

The Gatehouse is located at 2900 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

For more information on either of these events, contact the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 576-6767 or stop by their desk at the American Museum of Science and Energy. Visitors are encouraged to visit the website for more information on the park at www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm. Follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Manhattan ProjectNPS, on Twitter at @MnhtnProjectNPS, or on Instagram @manhattanprojectnps.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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