There is a biking movement afoot here in Calgary…and it’s a great thing to see! Not only has the City formally endorsed bike lanes in the downtown core but we are finally getting bike parks. And not just one bike park, but two bike parks. ‘Tis a good thing indeed.
Fish Creek Skills Park
The Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance (CMBA) has been working with the Province to get the approvals to build a bike park in Fish Creek Park. The park will be located just off Bow Bottom Trail at the Burnsmead Day Use Area. This is an ideal location with easy access on existing bike paths, paved parking for 10 vehicles and bathrooms.
Phase 1 of the Fish Creek MTB Skills Park is set to open July 27th in conjunction with “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day”. The first phase includes a pump track and skills area with the promise of much more to come in phase 2 (Intermediate features) and phase 3 (Advanced features).
Currently, CMBA is waiting for the donated clay fill to be delivered and will be organizing volunteer days soon after where you can help shape Calgary’s first “official” skills park. There has been a lot of work on behalf of the CMBA executive and volunteer committees to make the bike park a reality – now they can really use your help. If you are interested in volunteering, donating or getting involved, check out their website at Fish Creek Skill Park or email them at email@example.com. And, if you just want to get out and ride, we’ll see you there!
Bottomlands Skills Park
Meanwhile Bike Parks Calgary (BPC) is working with the City to build a bike park in Bottomlands Park beside Deerfoot Trail close to the Telus Science Centre. This 8 acre park will include a wide range of features from beginner to advanced including a cyclo cross course, pump track, wooden features, skills loops and cross country trails. The city has put its support behind the project by providing the land, the concept plan is done and now BPC is working hard to raise the funds and awareness to gain the support needed to make this park a reality.
Check out a recent interview with BPC President, Arden Greanya here Bottomlands Park Bike Haven or on CBC’s EyeOpener on Friday, July 27 @ 7:40 am.
The BPC crew are planning some exciting events over the summer and into the fall to help promote awareness of the park with the first being the 24 Hours of Adrenaline in Canmore. Come check out the tent, sign up for update, have a beer and possibly win a new bike! We’ll keep you posted as more events are announced.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating or getting involved with the Bottomlands Skills Park, check out their website at Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance Skills Park or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully the days of spending hours creating illegal jumps and features only to have them knocked down will be gone. As for me, I’m excited that we finally can practice our skills without having to drive to another town to do it.