History

The Fish Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park is [technically] under construction, but ready to ride.  It sits within Fish Creek Provincial Park (map), and is free to the public and available daily during normal park hours.  Developed with the cooperation of Alberta Parks, it is the first public skills park built in Calgary.

The history of the Skills Park dates back to the late 1990s. Jeff Gruttz, Danny Laroche and Radek Burkat were the first people to advance the idea of a public bike skills park to the City of Calgary and Alberta Parks. Government resistance to the concept was strong. Very strong. Even after the development of skills parks in Canmore, Hinton, and Blairmore, not to mention all over the rest of Canada and internationally, Parks staff at the municipal and provincial level did not believe it could work in Calgary. It took at least two changes in Fish Creek Provincial Park management before we got the go-ahead to build.

A more thorough history of the struggle is being compiled, and will be published as soon as possible.

CMBA history

  8 Replies to “History”

  1. March 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Great – we can’t wait till the dirt starts flying! Count us in for some shoveling.

  2. Nathan
    April 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    When’s this XXXX getting done I’m sick of rangers taking down my jumps and telling me to go ride at the bike park! What bike park it’s been that same for the past year

    • Richard Link
      April 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Good day bmxman,

      We are excited to finally get started this spring. Take that passion and energy you have for the park and come and be a part of the skills park build. We will be looking for lead volunteers for the intermediate and and advanced areas and welcome your input. Our next volunteer meeting is April 16th, 7:00 pm at the Bow Valley Ranch Visitors Centre.

      • Dustin
        April 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        Is the park rideable right now?

  3. brandon
    May 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Is it ride able yet? Where is it?

  4. August 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I just heard about this. How goes the battle?

  5. David Mills
    August 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Things are moving along — slowly. The clay fill was promised to us by several companies starting early in 2013, but it didn’t work out until just recently. Getting the site leveled out so that we have a blank canvas to work on takes time and effort. More fill is coming after Labour Day, and we’ll continue working throughout the fall. Can we provide an official opening date? No, there’s just too much we can’t control.

    A few things we do need sooner rather than later are a fence around the site [ranch style or post and cable], a gravel path from the bathrooms over to the SE corner of the park [properly built, with culverts], and some signage.

  6. Trent Claughton
    October 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Do you still need clean clay fill? Can deliver it today. Please call 403-615-2553

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