Bicycle enthusiasts will have a chance to tour Morro Bay and discover things they probably never knew about several of the city’s public parks.

The Morro Bay 50th Anniversary Bicycle and Trolley Tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Del Mar Park. The park is located at the corner of Island Street and Panorama Drive in North Morro Bay.

From there, riders will travel up Main Street to Yerba Buena Street and over to North Point Natural Area, which overlooks the ocean. The route will then head south along the coast, visiting Cloisters Park and Lila Keiser Park along the way.

At each stop, riders will be greeted by officials who will give a brief presentation about the park and share information about its history and its future.

No advance registration is necessary for the free bike tour. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver before joining the ride. Riders are reminded to bring water, snacks, sunscreen and a spare tube – and to wear a helmet.

Special, limited-edition commemorative T-shirts will be available for sale at the event.

Morro Bay’s iconic red trolley will accompany the riders, and a few seats may be available on the trolley for those who aren’t up for a bike ride.

This ride will be followed by a second bicycle tour in October, which will visit a number of Morro Bay’s historic landmarks. The bike tours are part of several events going on throughout the year to commemorate Morro Bay’s 50th anniversary.

Morro Bay became a city in July 1964, and the community is coming together to celebrate during an amazing year filled with festive events and civic-minded projects, all based around the motto “Morro Bay: Landmark & Legacy.”

A number of other Landmark & Legacy events are scheduled, including a Community Birthday Picnic on July 17 and the Dahlia Daze Historical Parade on Sept. 6. Groups interested in participating in the parade can contact morrobay50th@gmail.com.

Other plans include the planting of 50 cypress trees, and completion of an important community legacy project, a statue titled “For Those Who Wait” to be installed at the harbor entrance by Central Coast Women for Fisheries. To learn more about the statue and fundraising for it, go to www.womenforfish.org.

All this is just the beginning of a festive and memorable year for the city of Morro Bay. For the latest information on all 50th anniversary festivities throughout the year, visit www.morrobay50th.com.

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Contact: Joan Solu(805) 459-3274solujoan@aol.com