Mountain Bike Skills Park Concept
We are very close to kicking off the latest addition to the Northeast Chapter mountain bike offerings, a Skills Park at Midland City Forest. The park will include beginner and intermediate level mountain bike features designed to improve your balance and bike handling skills. It will be located behind the rear toboggan tower, in an unused, rectangular shaped, grassy clearing. Features will include: dirt jumps, drops, skinnies, log rides/piles, teeter-totters, rocks and a Lee McCormack designed pump track. This will be the only publicly accessible mountain bike skills park in the Northeast Chapter region (that I know of). Volunteers will be needed to efficiently build this park, so that we can start riding it as soon as possible. A portion of this project will be completed thanks to the leadership of area Boy Scout, Matthew Zawisza, earning him an Eagle merit.
Materials for this project will mostly consist of recycled lumber, re-ground concrete, donated scrap rough sawn cedar and other donated items. If you have or know of other (free) materials that could be used in the build, please contact thadhallberg[at]gmail[dot]com. Galvanized fasteners and bagged concrete will be needed, as well.
The skills park design has gone through a few rounds of revisions. Ideas for the current design are based on features seen while researching similar parks. Some details could change slightly during the construction phase. If you have some expertise in designing or constructing bike skills features, please volunteer some time, to help us get this right! Work days will be announced soon.
IMBA calls Skills Parks the “gateway” feature at mountain bike areas. It helps to introduce younger riders to the sport. They hone their skills on the jumps and skinnies, then venture out into the nearby trail systems. I think that the Skills Park will be a great addition to our mountain biking lineup (for all ages). MMBA Northeast Chapter will be responsible for its maintenance and upkeep. Please help us in this effort! Pick up your trash, report damaged features, report or thwart any malicious destruction, ride smart, wear a helmet and other necessary gear, be aware of other riders, etc. We are fortunate to have the City of Midland’s approval for this project. Let’s keep the door open for future opportunities. Thanks!
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