To say that the CMBA is pleased to have the design for the Fish Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park approved is a gross understatement. We are stoked. Quite stoked. Further, we have written confirmation from Alberta Parks that says we can begin work on the Skills Park after ATCO is off the site [they are currently building a pipeline along Bow Bottom Trail SE], which should be sometime in June, assuming no delays occur.
We haven’t shown the Skills Park plan before now because there was a good chance that it would need to change after going through assessment by Risk Management. However, the design was approved as-is, and we can now make it public.
The construction will go in phases:
Phase 1: The two pump tracks will be built first. The small one is designed specifically for younger riders, and those who are extremely new to riding this sort of stuff. The second pump track is more intermediate, for those who are a bit more experienced on a bike.
Phase 2: The Skills Loop will be built after construction of the pump tracks has been completed. It features a variety of technical challenges with optional lines on outer [beginner] and inner [intermediate] loops. Designed for progression, building skills here will set riders up for success when they move on to zestier singletrack.
Phase 3: To Be Determined. Once the Skills Park is rolling along, we will work with Alberta Parks to create a new zone in this area.
Once ATCO has finished their work in the area, the CMBA will begin moving soil for Phase 1. Hopefully, we can start in June. If all goes well, we should be able to begin work on Phase 2 in July. This timeline is weather dependent, and may be affected by other factors, causing delays.
While we wait for the site to become available, we are working with Alberta Parks on a long-term agreement for maintenance, etc. We’ll post updates as things develop.
Thanks for your patience on what has been a very long journey. There is a light at the end of the tunnel…