This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the new Trailside Bike Park in Park City, Utah. It is spectacular – especially considering it was paid for with local tax dollars and it’s free to the public. It has a 5000 sq ft. pump track, a 1500 ft beginner “flow style” trail and a beginner skills trail. But the showpiece of the park is a 2200 foot intermediate slopestyle course with about 200 feet of elevation, beautiful berms, tabletop jumps and wooden features including a monster of a wall ride built so almost anyone can ride it. And this is just phase one of the plan! Phase two includes an expert slopestyle course a nine line “session zone” and a 4000 ft. all mountain loop.
Here’s the original, conceptual plan for park, including phase two, which should, hopefully, begin in 2012: http://progressivetraildesign.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/ptd-trailsideposter-rev1-411×15.jpg
Trailside Bike Park was funded by Snyderville Basin Recreation District of Summit County with a mix of impact fees and a grant from a local Restaurant Arts and Parks tax. It was designed and built by Progressive Trail Design of Arkansas, run by brothers Woody and Clayton Woodruff, with help from local trail building contractor Alpine-Trails and Kay-Linn Enterprises of Boulder, Colorado. Besides the Woodruff brothers, the Progressive Trail Designs crew includes head designer Lee Stewart, ex-pro slopestyle competitor Ross McMaster, Jon Bryan, Josh Wheeler and Chris Crone. These guys know how to build good jumps and berms! After seeing what they can do, I encourage any town or resort that wants a bike park to contact Progressive Trail Design and get them on board with your project.
The opening festivities were very-well attended with a busy vendor area, a bunch of pros including Eric Porter, Chris Van Dine and Josh Bender sessioning the slopestyle course, and riders of all types and levels swarming all over the hill. The Trailside Bike Park is a model of how municipal bike parks can and should be done. I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time there.
For the photographers – these photos were not shot with a big pro DSLR camera rig. They were all taken with the Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds Pen camera and 14-150mm zoom lens. It’s a great camera option for cyclists who want DSLR image quality and performance in a trail-friendly package.