Construction of the Salt Spring Lions Memorial Bike Park is set to begin this week in the southeast corner of Mouat Park adjacent to the ArtSpring upper parking lot. Trail building is expected to last through July with the goal of opening the Bike Park to young riders in August. Additional fencing, landscaping and habitat restoration work will carry onto into the fall.
The CRD awarded the trail building contract to local company Charlie’s Excavating. Hiring locally was one of the goals expressed by the Salt Spring Lions Club who made a substantial donation to the project. “The Salt Spring Lions Club is proud to add another quality project to their list of accomplishments which include Portlock Park, Pioneer Village, the Skate Park and many others” said Lions member Dave Carlson. The Lions will also be volunteering during the construction phase to help install wooden fencing.
Planning for the Bike Park project has been underway for more than a year. Extensive site analysis, environmental review and community consultation was undertaken. This culminated in March at a well-attended community open house where the public provided input to the design. The final design and project construction was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission at their May 14 meeting.
Many kids, youth and their families are looking forward to the opening of the new trail network. “Having safe, fun and affordable recreational biking facilities for children and families to develop their skills in nature will be a great asset to the community” expressed John Wakefield, a local parent and member of the Salt Spring Bike Club which originally advocated for the project.
The Bike Park will be a network of dirt-surfaced trails within a 0.8 acre treed section of Mouat Park. The Bike Park will facilitate bike skills development and provide a safe active recreation option for children as young as two.