The Valmont Park Opens! Is MBP next?
In just a few short days, our initial McLaren Bike Park Community Design Meeting will be talking place at the Crocker Amazon Clubhouse. This Saturday at 1pm, Alpine Bike Parks will be helping SFUR with the Community Design Process, hopefully with many of you in attendance. We’re extremely excited to be working with Alpine on this project- if you haven’t been seeing the coverage online of the grand opening of Boulder, Colorado’s Valmont Bike Park, take a quick look at the dirt and wood masterpiece Alpine has created:
We realize that a new bike park located in Colorado may not excite everyone, as a trip to Boulder is quite a journey that many of us in the Bay Area may not get to make in the near future. However, hopefully this gets us all thinking of the possibilities of what we could build in our own backyard.
While the above photo highlights some of the larger and camera friendly features of the Valmont Park, the park consists of more than just big jumps for aspiring stuntmen.
Alpine Bike Parks comes to us fresh off the construction of Valmont, which is the most progressive and ambitious public bike park outside of a ski area/ resort to date. Their park design resume consists of building features for all levels of riding, as well as riding styles. In addition to the media friendly slopestyle course, there are multiple pump and jump tracks that cater to beginner and intermediate skill levels as well as “flow trails.” There are also beginner and intermediate single track loops with challenge sections designed to foster technical skills.
One of the more progressive areas of park design they have been driving is the use of more sustainable building materials like wood and steel. Making park features from dirt results in an intensive maintenance schedule, and comes with the need for constant watering and reshaping of lips. By spending a bit more initially, our park will be around much longer for years to come.
Of course, our park won’t just be made from wood and steel. We love riding dirt just as much as you, and variety is one of the reasons the SFUR McLaren Bike Park committee chose Alpine to help us during the design process. Most of the park will feature natural materials like earth and rock.
Alpine comes to us with their book of designs ready to be repurposed for use here locally, and many of their park features are ready to be plugged straight into our park project. It will also help keep park costs down, which as you all probably know is one of the big hurdles we still have to face in bringing our very own bike park to reality. Since funding is still one of the challenges we still face, remember to help spread the word about this Saturday’s Community Design Workshop, and raising awareness of this potentially incredible project. We’ll also have MBP shirts for sale for $20 (cash) with all proceeds to go to Bike Park Design. We hope to see you there.
All photos courtesy of Alpine Bike Parks