Guess what? It’s time to build the Skills Park.
The CMBA selected Starr Trail Solutions as the contractor – they begin work on September 6. Work will take about 1 month, depending on how the weather goes. Please stay out of the site while Starr is working. We don’t want anyone getting hurt – heavy machinery and trucks will be operating on site.
The build will be rough [i.e. not smooth], and will require lots of volunteers to help buff it out. That’s where all of you riders [and friends and families] come in. The CMBA has worked with Alberta Parks to get acceptance for this skills park within the government and the community, get an acceptable site and an acceptable design. We were able to get a great contractor. After the dust settles, we will need your help with the finishing touches as a first step toward the future.
After the Build
We have lots of shovels, rakes, buckets, wheelbarrows and tampers ready to go. We need riders within the community to step up and keep the Skills Park in good shape once it’s built. You need to ride it, fix it, and ride it some more. If you see some garbage on the ground, pick it up and put it in the trash bin. If you see a bigger problem, let us know – there will be signage up with contact info. Keeping the Skills Park in good shape after we build it is very important. It will be bulldozed if it starts to be neglected. Money is being held in trust with the Alberta government for that purpose.
Whether we get other bike parks in Calgary depends, in part, on the success of this one. It’s true – if this park is well-used and well taken care of, the odds of Calgary getting more parks goes up. The odds of being able to build proper jump lines in this park also goes up. Together, we’re going to improve those odds.
In the next few weeks we’ll be reaching out to everyone who has stepped forward over the last 3+ years and offered to help with the skills park. We’ll also be signing up people during the buffing sessions. By the end of October, we need to have teams in place to keep an eye on the park over the winter. In the spring, there will be a cleanup session to get the park ready for summer. After that, it should be pretty straightforward to keep it in good shape all season long.
There are loads more people and organizations to thank, and we’re compiling a bigger, more complete list. These are a few without whom we never would have made it this far:
- Alberta Blue Cross for funding this park
- Jim Stomp for giving us the go-ahead in 2012
- Don Carruthers den Hoed for helping to move things forward when we needed it the most
- Arthur Hughes and Rob Hummel for always being willing to lend a hand
- James Norton for the professional design, despite many restrictions on what could go into the park
- Alex Excavation and Alpha Better Landscaping for the high-quality clay fill
- Jeff Gruttz for pushing for mountain bike parks in Calgary since the dawn of time
Special thanks to the riders of Calgary for your patience while we inched forward. Sorry it took so long – the next one should go faster.