Carbondale eyes bike park at North Face Park
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Officials here want to know if residents would like to see a bike park added to the amenities at North Face Park on the south side of town.
The town government is hosting a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carbondale Town Hall and will present the plans and possibilities for the site.
For eight years, this community has boasted a popular skateboard park at the North Face Park, which is near Roaring Fork High School.
The idea, according to Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel, is to double up on the recreational opportunities available by building a bike park in the same area.
“The bike park, when completed, will allow for a controlled, terrain-oriented area devoted to the development of bike skills, including technique, bike handling, balance, cadence, agility, technical maneuverability and confidence,” Jackel said.
“These skills translate to providing confidence for single-track trail riding, and will help mitigate injury and risk while riding in remote areas,” he added.
The Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission and the town’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Commission want parents, adults, teens and kids to come to the special joint commission meeting Wednesday to learn more.
The proposed Bike Park is to be located at the northeast end of North Face Park, in the same location as the existing dirt tracks, humps and other bike terrain features, which were installed by volunteers.
Bike park features could include a pump track, bike skills course, jump lines and dual slalom track, Jackel explained.
Town officials hope that the bike park can be built using professional and volunteer labor.
The total cost of the park will depend upon the number and sophistication of the features to be included, Jackel added.
He plans to seek a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, private donations of cash and in-kind services and possibly limited funding from the town.
For more information on the proposed bike park contact Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Commission Chairman Darryl Fuller at 309-1361, or Jeff Jackal at 510-1214.
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