City Council voted to repurpose an old ski trail near Stephenson Preserve as a mountain bike trail at its Nov. 17 meeting.

The old Four Seasons Recreation Area consists mostly of steep slopes and hills and has little space for parking, City Councilor Mike Hurley said, which is one reason he thinks the trail is underutilized. He had reservations about the small parking area, feeling it might result in cars parked along the roadway, but otherwise thinks it is a good spot for cyclists looking for an extreme incline.

Parks and Recreation Director Norm Poirier said he was approached by CG Bikes owner Chris Gardiner, also a member of the Pedestrian Biking and Hiking Committee, about the idea. Poirier said bicycle activity in the Midcoast has increased and led to the establishment of cycling trails around Camden and Rockport.

Gardiner and the Pedestrian Biking and Hiking Committee will organize a cleanup event to improve trails, create new trails and repair foot bridges, Poirier said. The area will remain open for hiking and winter recreation.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has had a memorandum of understanding with the city to maintain the area since 2004, Poirier said, but has been neglecting the trails because of decreased public use.

CMLT supports using the area for mountain biking and redrafted the memorandum of understanding, which the councilors agreed to sign, under which the land trust relinquishes its role as the primary property manager, but will still work with the city to maintain the trails.