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    Bend needs a bike park

    Am I the only one who thinks we need a centrally located bike park in town?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks we need a centrally located bike park in town?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks we need a centrally located bike park in town?:

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    Great idea. Where? Best on the East Side of town.
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    What does a bike park bring that we don't already have?

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    Actually surprised there isn't one. Most towns with that much going on typically do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Actually surprised there isn't one. Most towns with that much going on typically do.
    the Lair? or is that too far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmar123 View Post
    the Lair? or is that too far?
    Valmont Bike Park | Boulder Mountainbike Alliance

    This place rocks. Good example. Build it on the east side to lengthen the season.
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    Big Sky would be an obvious option. It already has the BMX track, and there are two large areas undeveloped. Not sure what they have in mind, long term, for the undeveloped areas, but I did a little work on-line with some GIS appliations and the aerial plats, and it looks like there is about 15 acres adjacent to the BMX track, between the athletic fields and Hamby Road, south of Buckingham Elementary, and another 37 acres in the northeast corner of the park. Even if they have long-term plans for more athletic fields, bike park development would represent a relatively low impact/investment interim use. Here are some aerial photos I worked up for the Big Sky Park area (all within the existing ownership of Bend Parks & Rec District).

    Bend needs a bike park-big-sky-park-whole.jpgBend needs a bike park-big-sky-park-west.jpgBend needs a bike park-big-sky-park-northeast.jpg

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    The Valmont Bike Park involves 132 acres, for sake of reference. Sure it would be nice to have that kind of space, but I don't know that we would need that, given the pretty damned good set of winter trails we do have around here.

    Not sure if BP&R has more room over at the Pine Nursery site.

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    Valmont Bike Park | Boulder Mountainbike Alliance

    This place rocks. Good example. Build it on the east side to lengthen the season.
    So people don't have to click the link to see what Valmont looks like:

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    Why do we need more? There is so much already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Why do we need more? There is so much already.
    Come out to our little bike park at 7th Mtn on a Tuesday morning and your question will be answered for you. It is not for you, obviously you don't think we need one. This would be a great place for kids or folks who currently don't ride, they may find a bike park fun and non intimidating (can't get lost, don't need to be able to read a map, no lions tigers and bears etc.
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    Yes. I don't see kids able to ride there and then ride. Not a lot of beginner stuff there, no pump track, not really any wood features (which kids love). Ever seen a kid on a kicker bike there? I don't think so.

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    I sold my Company Trail Dynamics earlier this year. TD helped build Valmont and you are correct it is awesome. On a nice weather weekend, there will be 500-1000 riders who visit. Best guess is 40% of them only ride at Valmont.

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    Nice research. Thanks for supplying the maps, a bike park there would seem a good fit. I will venture over that way at some point to look at potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    Come out to our little bike park at 7th Mtn on a Tuesday morning and your question will be answered for you.
    Is this a summer camp type of thing where the parents drop the kids off for the day?

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    Yes. I don't see kids able to ride there and then ride. Not a lot of beginner stuff there, no pump track, not really any wood features (which kids love). Ever seen a kid on a kicker bike there? I don't think so.
    Isn't there a pump track right over at Phil's TH? And I see kids on kicker bikes in lower Phil's often.

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    A bike park in town would be awesome! Why does Bend need one? To help push the progression of the sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by granitematt View Post
    A bike park in town would be awesome! Why does Bend need one? To help push the progression of the sport. We are very fortunate to have miles of s
    one word: irrigation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmar123 View Post
    one word: irrigation!

    Yup. Our bike park here at 7th mtn gets watered every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmar123 View Post
    one word: irrigation!
    Bentonite, wooden berms and a plate compactor would defiantly help out.

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    What does "push the progression of the sport" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    What does "push the progression of the sport" mean?
    Mountain biking is ever evolving, changes continue to be made in what we ride, where we ride and how we ride. To me progression is taking a passion and opening the imagination to what may be possible.

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    Are the features in a park different from the features out on the trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    What does "push the progression of the sport" mean?
    Could mean different things to different people. One thing it may mean to many bendites is sharping your skills/working on your weak points which translates to more trail shredding. A couple of hours in a bike park riding at or above your skill level can really elevate trail riding skills.

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