Bike Park Initiative
Photo: Cover art from IMBA's 2014 book Bike Parks: IMBA's Guide to New School Trails. Now available at IMBA's online store (see link) for $30 plus shipping.
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.
Current Focus Cities:
- Cleveland, OH
- Orange County, CA
- Knoxville, TN
- Chicago, IL (Watch the video on Big Marsh Bike Park project, in development)
Bike Park Examples and Resources:
- Griffin Bike Park Master Plan (PDF) Detailed description and fund raising proposal. Terre Haute, IN
The initiative will provide up to $10,000 in planning and design services by IMBA Trail Solutions per grant, to be matched by the applicant. The combined pool of $20,000 will be used to provide technical assistance and create a conceptual site plan and working plan 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.
Application is by invitation, only. If you would like to be involved or for more information, contact your IMBA Regional Director.
Other grants and assistance for bike parks are described here.
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. They generally have a comprehensive plan for design, construction, maintenance and programming to insure the long term sustainability of the bike park as a recreation facility in the community. IMBA's next book, Bike Parks: IMBA’s Guide to Creating New-School Riding Facilities provides another valuable resource for anyone interested in fostering a bike park project.
If you would like information about partnership with the Bike Park Initiative, please contact info [at] imba [dot] com