100-ACRE WOOD BIKE PARK UPDATE
100 ACRE WOOD BIKE PARK UPDATE
Exciting news: we are one step closer to breaking ground on the bike park!
Last night (July 10, 2018) Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Tucson City Council approved the Master Plan, Phase 1 Trails Plan, and Development Agreement. SDMB has been working with the city and other stakeholders for more than a year to get these documents finalized, and we now have a solid “go” from the city to move ahead.
The total cost for the project is roughly $2.5 million. This includes the parking lot, park amenities, and central skills area including dirt jump park, pump tracks, expo area, and kids’ area. It will take several years to raise all of the funds necessary, so we have decided to break construction into phases. Phase 1 will consist of building approx. 7 miles of MTB-specific trail, including directional flow and XC trails. Throughout Fall and Winter 2018/2019, we will focus on site cleanup and clearing the trail corridors. We will lead volunteer events, work with other local groups and nonprofits, and hope to receive support from an AmeriCorps NCCC crew. As funds become available, we will add features, signage and other amenities. Phase 1 will not include on-site parking; users will need to ride to the bike park from Freedom Park or other available nearby parking areas.
Now the real work starts. In the coming months, we will begin laying the groundwork to start construction in Fall 2018.
- SDMB and Tucson Parks and Rec will host several community meetings to present the Phase 1 Trails Plan and answer questions.
- We will begin gathering volunteer resources to assist in site cleanup and trail/feature construction.
- We will begin gathering materials, tools, and other resources needed for construction.
- We’ll do a whole bunch of fundraising! Phase 1 has a budget of $260,000, but we anticipate completing it for far less by using volunteers and local resources. SDMB and the city have worked with the Tucson Parks Foundation to set up a donations page, and are developing opportunities for major donors to receive naming rights of the features and trails.
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