Palisade skills bike park set to open Saturday, Sept. 26
WHAT: Palisade Bike Skills Park grand opening
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to noon
WHERE: East side of Riverbend Park in Palisade
Palisade residents and visitors have a new place to enjoy their bikes — at the new bike skills park located at Riverbend Park.
Sarah Brooks, Palisade’s recreation and events coordinator, explained the project has been in the works for several years. This year their budget was finally able to allow a team to build the skills park. It was built by Singletrack Trails, an organization which builds mountain bike trails and bike skills parks throughout the United States. Singletrack Trails is headquarted in Fraser, Colo.
The park cost $27,500 to build, which came from funds from Palisade’s park improvement conservation fund.
“There are a lot of bikers in the community of Palisade,” Brooks said. “We are trying to get more exposure to the mountain biking community. A lot of kids in the area compete in BMX as well, so we wanted to have it available to them in town.”
The park covers around an acre of land and features three jump lines, a green, blue and black (beginner, intermediate and advanced). It also has a pump track and a Strider track, which is designed to give people who are not experienced with off-road riding an opportunity to learn the basics.
The park is located on the east side of Riverbend Park off Brentwood Avenue. Brooks explained there are limited spaces for cars to park near the park. Bikers can park at the main lot off of Logan Street and bike less than a mile to the park as well.
The park is open and free to use for all ages and abilities.
Finishing touches are currently being completed in preparation for the grand opening set for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Brooks is hoping to organize a volunteer maintenance crew to help maintain the new park. A Facebook page under Palisade Bike Skills Park is also set up for the park for current conditions if recent rains or snow has affected the park.
A second phase is in the works to follow up in the coming years which will focus on mountain biking specific skills. Brooks explained it will compliment the expansion of mountain bike trails near Palisade and at Powderhorn.
For more information, visit http://www.townofpalisade.org.
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