Trail Solutions Proposes Improvements to La Tierra Bike Park in Santa Fe
The people of Santa Fe New Mexico live in a city that supports creativity, expression, recreation, and most of all each other! Which makes it no surprise that this tight-knit community has been chosen to host IMBA’s 2012 World Summit.
Local government agencies have even chosen to integrate the work of local trail builders into the La Tierra Trails Master Plan. Oftentimes authorities decide to tear down rogue dirt jumps built by riders who are looking for a place to express their passion and skills. That’s what makes it so exciting that in Santa Fe, recreation planners decided to embrace them. Like most user-built areas, the current state of the jump area caters to advanced level dirt jump/BMX type riders – the ones who’ve put in long hours to keep the area maintained.
To help keep this bike park alive and enjoyed by a more diverse range of riding styles and skill levels, IMBA’s Trail Solutions made a visit to facilitate agreements between all user groups and stakeholders. IMBA has advised that in addition to the current features, a line of beginner friendly table-top jumps and a pumptrack be constructed. This would offer a stepping-stone between the local singletrack trails and the current expert jump features.
The next challenge will be fulfilling the goal to have these improvements built and ready to ride before the IMBA World Summit event this October 10-13th. One of the event’s scheduled group rides will include a stop at the new and improved bike park to celebrate and session the freshly built tracks. One more reason to get down to Santa Fe this fall!
Special thanks to all the partners involved including the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, Design Office of Wilson Co., Daniel Coriz, and Rich Strang.