Bike Park Initiative
The Bike Park Initiative is an IMBA-led project to foster the development of world class bike park facilities across the U.S. Based on the success of Boulder, Colorado's Valmont Bike Park, and other models, the initiative will help U.S. cities enhance their parks and recreation infrastructures. The effort has been developed in partnership with the SRAM Cycling Fund and People for Bikes.
The initiative will provide up to $10,000 in planning and design services per grant, to be matched by cash by the applicant. The combined pool of $20,000 will be used to create a conceptual site plan and report for the proposed bike park. The funds will also be used to advise the applicant on the unique aspects of constructing and maintaining a bike park, including working with the local mountain bicycling community. The intent of this effort is to get high-quality projects initiated through professional design and technical assistance so that the applicant, in conjunction with IMBA’s advocacy network, can quickly proceed through permitting and toward construction.
Selected focus cities will receive significant resources for building purpose-built bike trails, skill development areas and other mountain bike recreational assets. The initiaive emphasizes knowledge-sharing and collaboration in order to increase public awareness about the benefits that bike parks provide for communities of all sizes. IMBA's next book, Bike Parks: IMBA’s Guide to Creating New-School Riding Facilities (due in the summer of 2014) will provide another valuable resource for anyone interested in fostering a bike park project.
The latest application period closed Feb. 2, 2014. Application is by invitation, only. If you would like to be involved, contact your IMBA Regional Director.
What is a Bike Park?
Bike parks are dedicated parks and recreation facilities that include features such as purpose built trails, pump-tracks, flow trails, jumps and progressive skills areas for all ages and abilities.
If you would like information about partnership with the Bike Park Initiative, please contact info [at] imba [dot] com