Park Meeting for City of Irvine - bikepark?
Check this out, the city of Irvine is meeting to talk about parks. Bikers need to show up for this! Wouldn't it be cool to have a bike park in Irvine?
Here's some background info on the park: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County_Great_Park
There way too many soccer/basketball fields and nothing for bikes. Something like a pump track or a set of DIRT JUMPS would be awesome. Great for the kids too. So please show up so Irvine doesn't get another soccer field..
If you cannot show up, at least fill out the online form!
Make the Great Park Your Park! The City of Irvine and the Orange County Great Park Corporation invite you to attend a public open house at the Orange County Great Park Balloon site.
When: December 1st and 2nd, 2007 from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Great Park Balloon Site (Directions)
Meet the Great Park Design Team and give us your feedback on programs related to:
* Sports and Recreation
* Festivals and Events
* Ecology and Nature
* Historic Preservation
* Cultural and Social Institutions and Activities
If you are unable to attend the open house you can still participate in the planning process by taking an online survey (link will be active beginning December 1st). The survey will be available from December 1st - 8th. For more information, please call (949) 724-7420. Read on...
Last edited by tomyboy; 11-30-2007 at 06:31 PM.
What a cool idea. It certainly seems like in a park that big a few acres could be devoted to bike activities. With some thoughtful design, you could put a pump track, BMX track area, some dirt jumps, and a mtn bike skills area all on a few acres.
They are taking a survey of potential users. It does ask "how long have you lived in Orange County" and asks for a zip code.
The survey is online and open at http://ocgp.survey.sgizmo.com/. I went through it all and there are quite a few things being considered.....badminton courts, chess tables, lots of kinda hokey things, but no bike options are mentioned other than "bike trails and paths" on the first page.
But in the comments section, this is what I added. Feel free to copy and paste, or elaborate:
A Bike park with BMX track, pump track, mountain bike skills course, mountain bike specific trails and dirt jump section is sorely needed and lacking in the area. Look at what the City of Fresno is doing, NYC, Seattle, and many other towns who are realizing the benefits of having a bike park. Bicycles provide a healthy, fitness building activity to the youth and adults of the county, and provide a viable means of transport. The more we encourage people to use bicycles for both recreation and transport, the better for the health of the environment and for members of the community.
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How about adding a velodrome as well?
A velodrome is also a great idea. There's one in Balboa Park in San Diego, as well as one somewhere in San Jose. I already did the survey and mentioned a bike area including skills area, pump track and BMX track, drawing an analogy to having a skate park.
I don't live in OC, but once did, and have relatives there. So I included that with my zip code in the comments.
As someone who has some unofficial inside knowledge on the Great Park, it is actually beneficial to put in your two cents, so keep submitting your ideas. Don't ask how I know, it's all hearsay anyway right now. That being said, with the recent housing market surplus and all that is going on with the builders who are essentially financing the park, it will be some time before any of these ideas are actually realized. More than likely it will get built with only the "essential" pieces of the park, i.e. another soccer field, and the rest will remain unused open space for a while. So don't expect anything in the first phase of development unless there is a dramtic change in the housing market. Let's just hope the storm this weekend puts an end to the coast live oaks burning and we get some trails reopened.
I agree that input from the bike community is essential. THe survey takes 2 minutes and you can copy and paste the following to the section where additional comments are requested.
"A Bike park with BMX track, pump track, mountain bike skills course, mountain bike specific trails and dirt jump section is sorely needed and lacking in the area."