New "Skills" park ?
The new community park at the base of Pineridge is getting a trials course.
From the Ft. Collins newspaper:
"Escorting reporters and photographers around the site Thursday, senior city parks planner Kathleen Benedict said she's proud of how cottonwood trees cut down around the park's edges were reused as elements of the mountain bike course.
The course features narrow bridges, a see-saw and multiple drops, which mountain bikers will negotiate while controlling their speed. Cottonwood trunks were used for some of the bridges. The International Mountain Bike Association from Boulder designed and helped build the course.
"It's a little hard to walk," Benedict said, marveling at the narrow track. "I'm not sure how people can ride it."
You can see it already - it is finished but not yet open
The skills area in the new park is sweet. All features are up and the kids already play on it. However the park is not yet officially open. A big fence has been built around the whole park and they only let folks in while they work.... Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm. That makes it hard to do a foto session for now.
Anyway. The skills area features mainly skinnies and ladders. I would say it offers a good mixture for all skill levels. A few hints just to make you wanna see the it:
- Ground level ladders fro first practice
- 4 inch skinny - 10 yards long, some gaps to make it interesting
- fallen trees, connected through ladders, one or two branches to ride as arc,
3 feet drop at the end (if you hit the tansition ladder 2 feet out - if not it is a
5 feet face plant)
- Teater totters
- Rubber band bridge
Cannot wait to see the thing officially open.
I've been stymied by the fence all Summer
I was riding through it this spring as the park was taking shape, but the huge chain link fence this summer has put a damper on my explorations.
Sounds like a fun diversion for a ride near Pineridge in any event.