No exciting updates from me - still commuting, but wasn't able to hit the trails much this week.
Just saw this in the journal though:
Queen Elizabeth Park to be rejuvenated
More details from the city:
EDMONTON - The century-old Queen Elizabeth Park is about to undergo a facelift, with proposals for expanded trails, art, a mountain-biking course and a new toboggan hill.
A draft master plan released by the city last month envisions the North Saskatchewan River valley park east of the Kinsmen Sports Centre as an accessible, well-connected gathering place providing great views of Edmonton’s skyline...
There are also plans for a mountain-bike skills area that might feature moguls, teeter-totters, rails and jumps, although design won’t start until at least 2015.
It might also include parts of a nearby 1950s sewage treatment facility slated for demolition, Norman said.
“There was great support to having the bike skills park there, I think because of the single-track trails that already exist in the river valley … People (don’t) have to drive down.”
Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan :: City of Edmonton
Looks like the skillspark would go where the big grassy hill currently is (Dantzer's Folly), and in the city compound that's down there. So some of the existing singletrack would get altered. But of course none of it's going to happen until the new Walterdale bridge is finished.
Some of the clubs sent out emails to get riders to attend the open house a few weeks back to give support for the skills area. The redevelopment might help move out some of the people that join up in the park at night for drinking, drugs, etc. I kind of seeing this as a long term development plan that'll take a while to get going. When it's all said and done, it could be a success or an area to avoid when riding the trails (due to congestion). I'm thinking it'll be an area to avoid myself.
^ I'm not worried about trail congestion. I'll just ride the skinnies when it's -20C out.
I really would love to be able to practice jumps on some tabletops, though. The various ghetto gapjumps that I've seen scattered around the rivervalley scare the crap out of me. I'm going to have to make an effort to hit the Devon or Strathcona bike parks next year...even if it means all the kids there will laugh at me.
A bike skills area in edmonton would be nice, but the Sherwood park one isn't too far.
Looks like we're losing a popular section of trail:
Photos: Trees come down near Walterdale Bridge
With the replacement of the Walterdale bridge that whole middle bit of the former CC course is probably going to be pretty messed up for a few years.
Walterdale Bridge :: City of Edmonton
January 7, 2013 - The area around the existing Walterdale Bridge will be affected by construction activities for the new bridge, including trail closures and detours. Portions of Queen Elizabeth Park, Kinsmen Park and the area around the EPCOR generating station will be affected. To ensure public safety, please stay away from the closed areas during construction.
rides with camera
Saw that on the Journal last night. That's quite the detour they are taking. Some good trails closed for two and a half years! Ouch!
Yeah, I forgot to put a link to the detour map:
Luckily I was able to go through there a few times during the holidays. It will be missed.
And I guess that means I should stop checking if the path around the power plant is finally open again, because it's not gonna be for a long time.
Other trails will get more use. maybe a little more trail building will result.
Anybody use a garmin 500 or 800? I am curious about GPS ability in the river valley.
I use a 500. No issues with the GPS. Doesn't do mapping, but I didn't need that feature. I'd buy it again.
That was what I was leaning towards, with the heart rate monitor as well. I am looking for speed and mapping history that I can refer back to.
Wow, just saw this. This is shitty news - that section will likely be altered significantly by the time it's reopened. It was one of my favourite shorter sections of trail in town...
Originally Posted by newfangled
Yeah, they've had excavators building out into the river under the bridge already. Should be interesting to watch during the big spring breakup.