For Immediate Release 7-8-2011
Contact: markeller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director
A model facility for professionally designed and constructed cycling facilities, Valmont Bike Park recently opened in Boulder, Colorado.
- Watch IMBA's video highlighting Valmont's cycling features and trails
- Watch a slide show and video from Valmont's opening day
Valmont was developed with the support and partnership of City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, IMBA's Trail Solutions, Alpine Bike Parks and the local cycling community — particularly the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA). Other organizations, such as the PLAY Boulder Parks Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado, made significant contributions by fundraising and building community support.
Built by a Collaboration of Trail Professionals
Working closely with a variety of top-notch design, engineering and trail building professionals, IMBA contributed key elements during the multi-year process of creating the 40-acre facility.
Valmont's design was led by BHA Design, Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado. BHA coordinated a diverse design team to create a long list of amenities: cyclo-cross courses, cross-country and skill-building trails, pump parks, a dual slalom racecourse, dirt jumps and a slope-style park. Valmont also offers multi-use paths, passive recreation areas, a run-bike track and a toddler playground. Supporting amenities include comprehensive irrigation and drainage systems, public artwork including an events plaza and a podium by Christian Muller, a restored 19th century farmhouse by Oz Architecture, parking for over 200 vehicles and a dog park.
Alpine Bike Parks conceived and designed the terrain parks, dual-slalom, pump parks, dirt jumps and engineered multiple technical trail features. IMBA Trail Specialist Pete Webber designed the cross-country trails and cyclocross routes, and collaborated with Alpine Bike Parks on other elements of the park. Drexel Barrel Engineering led the design of the project’s complex civil engineering designs to meet Boulder’s strict environmental standards. JVA Consulting Engineers worked tirelessly with Alpine Bike Parks to design and engineer Alpine’s technical trail features in order to meet Boulder’s strict durability and load requirements. Alpine's staff also field-designed cross-country trails throughout the park, working in coordination with Webber and staff from Trail Dynamics, a sub-contracted trail building/design firm.
Valmont’s construction process was led by J-2 Contracting, of Greely, Colorado, with Alpine Bike Parks as J-2’s sub-contractor for bike amenity construction and trail feature fabrication. The firm meticulously managed a complex installation process and carried out all major earthworks and site services, as well as the construction and restoration of all buildings at the park.
Judd de Vall, the founder and principal owner of Alpine Bike Parks, describes the effort as a throughly collaborative process. “We were so fortunate to have the guidance of IMBA, BHA Design and J-2 Contracting on this project, and we were equally well supported by the City of Boulder. In particular, I’d like to thank project manager Mike Lamb and Perry Brooks—their openness to our ideas helped create this world-class facility,” says de Vall.
Boulder's Parks and Recreation Department is rightly proud of the project. Kirk W. Kincannon, the department's director said, “We invested in a collaborative partnership with BMA and the cycling community to design and build this portion of Valmont City Park. As a result, we’ve built a park worthy of our internationally-recognized athletic community—one that will be a daily asset to kids, families, local riders and businesses, and also attract events and riders from all over the country and the world.”
Cycling Community Contributed to Funding Effort
At the park’s opening in June, more than $3 million had been spent, with about $1.2 million devoted to the bike-specific features and the remainder allocated to building the parking lots, restrooms and other elements.
To date, BMA and the local cycling community have helped the city raise nearly $500,000 in alternative funding from donations, sponsorships and grants. More than $100,000 was from individual and small business donations. Two grants totaling $245,000 were awarded by Colorado’s Great Outdoors Colorado program.
The City of Boulder's municipal bond program will help spread the cost to residents out over a 10-year period. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is hoping to raise an additional $250,000 in sponsorships and funding during the next 18 months to help with ongoing maintenance, educational programming and other needs. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities or serving as park volunteers are encouraged to contact Mike Eubank at 303-413-7226 or EubankM [at] bouldercolorado [dot] gov.