Plans Announced for Jordie Lunn Memorial Bike Park

Feb 27, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Plans were announced last night for the Jordie Lunn Memorial Bike Park that is set to be opened in Langford, Vancouver Island this fall. The bike park has been funded in part thanks to donations to the Jordie Lunn Memorial Fund.

Lunn was a resident of Langford and ran coaching camps and clinics for young riders in the area. He also helped to build several mountain bike trails around Vancouver Island for riders to enjoy, including the downhill trails and dirt jump park at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. The bike park is being built in his honor after he passed away in 2019.

The Jordie Lunn Bike Park, located at Irwin Ponds Park on Irwin Road in the City of Langford, will contain the following elements:

- International level pump track with intermediate and beginner levels designed and constructed by Velosolutions
- Three sections of bike jump runs serving beginner to expert riders
- Bike skills area for beginners to those with intermediate skills
- Approx. three kilometer long world class cyclocross course designed by Wheelhouse Cycling Society and constructed by Bill McLane of Workhorse Trail Design
- Clubhouse for Wheelhouse Cycling Society which will contain meeting space, washrooms, showers, bike wash stations and storage.

bigquotesAs a family, we would be honoured and thrilled to participate in this project and have the 'Irwin Ponds Bike Park' named in Jordie’s memory. We trust the community will embrace this idea. Our commitment is to provide a legacy in Jordie’s name for children and youth to be safe, active and enjoy building their biking skills in multiple disciplines of cycling.The Lunn Family

Photo by Ale Di Lullo

bigquotesThe City of Langford is excited to be partnering with the Wheelhouse Cycling Society and the Lunn family to bring The Jordie Lunn Bike Park to life. Not only will this bike park allow for Langford to attract world-class cycling events, it will also provide biking and cycling opportunities for families and those of all ages and abilities for many years to come.Mayor Young

More information can be found, here.


77 Comments

  • 147 0
 Hey guys, Jon Watkin here from the Wheelhouse Cycling Society. We couldn’t be more excited about this new project and will be announcing the official ground breaking very soon. We will be asking for volunteers to help us with trail building and other work. Our website www.jordielunnbikepark.com will be live later in March where you can sign up to volunteer and donate and get a tax deductible receipt. We also will be commemorating our Bear Mountain Bike Festival event to Jordie and raising awareness to building the park. Spread the word and maybe come to the Island for the Rocky Mountain Enduro on March 29. Registration is at www.bearmountainbikefest.com.
  • 13 0
 This really is the best way of honoring his memory. Not too many people get a park named after them......... hope they have it in the budget for a freestanding plaque or something similar.
  • 18 1
 @SirWonky: a huge rock to huck off/build a super sketchy roller that noone can realistically ride would be most fittibg
  • 2 0
 Great work Jon !
  • 24 0
 Needs to be a dedicated push-up platform
  • 5 0
 I reckon they should transplant Jordie's rollercoaster/freefall thing and put it on this place! And no one will hit it!!
  • 2 0
 @freeriderayward: If they do that I'll walk to BC myself and help them move it
  • 2 0
 very keen to get a shovel in the dirt, island born & raised and met jord in whistler multiple times while spending my summers there.
  • 1 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: the best idea yet
  • 77 0
 stevie smith and jordie lunn bike parks, the island knows how to do it. really great news, good way to spend the memorial fund money and very special for the community. i'm not crying, you're crying!
  • 1 0
 other bike parks are also in memory of locals passed from the community, wicked way to have done it
  • 31 1
 Looks like a great place to eat some porridge
  • 13 0
 I wonder if there’s going to be any snake holes
  • 16 0
 @Upduro: snake hole installation is mandatory.
  • 19 1
 Island pumptrack series incoming?? I think we'll have 4 velosolutions tracks on the island now
  • 2 0
 I was only aware of the Stevie Park one? are there others on the island already?
  • 6 1
 @keeqan: Campbell River, Nanaimo (Stevie Smith), View Royal Park, plus soon to be in Langford
  • 4 0
 @chris-jamieson: don't think View Royal is velosolutions is it?
  • 3 0
 @remoh: it isnt, only 2 velosolutions on the island at the moment
  • 1 0
 @remoh @Tristanc : Didn't realize that. Still a paved pump track though, so after this one there will be 4 paved pump tracks on the island
  • 1 0
 @Tristanc: if you wanna get real technical, nanaimo has 2 Velo Solutions pump tracks at the park. a beginner and advanced
  • 5 0
 @deepstrut: @kookseverywhere this one will have 2 as well. I didn't know about the one up in CR, that's sweet! The one in view royal is a good reminder that not everyone can make a velosolutions grade pump track..
  • 3 0
 view royal really isn't there quality wise
  • 3 0
 @remoh: nope view royal is definitely not a professionally built one. It’s good for the kids but not a real pump track
  • 15 0
 This is amazing. Great way to maintain his legacy. Stoked for all the tree rides!
  • 16 0
 Awesome! Love you Jordie!
  • 9 0
 Fantastic! So glad to see this is being done. Jordie will not be forgotten with a great memorial park like this. Many families live in this area and it is perfectly located to carry on what he was a part of.
  • 7 0
 so excited, this is right by my house and i couldn’t be happier that it’s named after jordie. hopefully there’s gonna be a mulch jump
  • 6 0
 RoughAF! Great news. It's so sad two absolute legends of our sport have been lost but what a legacy to have these places built and then used by the future generations as well as benefitting the local economy and community.
  • 8 0
 It's a real privilege to be involved in this project. Very excited to break ground!
  • 4 0
 Bill, stoked to see you and your team working on this.
  • 5 0
 interested in shooting you guys a email / DM if your interested. lots of time behind the shovel threw out island bike parks and WB, would love to jump in and help out as much as i can.
  • 6 0
 In other news, GoogleMaps searches for Langford increase by 3762%. Seriously though, great to see the park happen!
  • 6 0
 I think it should have at least one super-steep, super-sketch line that nobody but Jordie could ride
  • 1 0
 Down a tree or sum ting like that.
  • 1 0
 Needs a free drop line.
  • 5 0
 I'm really excited to have this coming to my backyard. It's just a shame it takes tragedy to get these built. You can count on me and my kids for trail building.
  • 5 0
 FYI - My city also needs a Jordie Lunn Memorial Bike Park
  • 3 0
 Wait a minute. A CYCLOCROSS COURSE?! This might be the best thing I’ve read all week.
  • 3 0
 Velosolutions all the things!
  • 3 0
 So awesome.

Are those houses really that close together???
  • 9 4
 @schwaaa31 as our footprint should be in cities/towns, retains open/natural spaces and gives more space for awesome projects like this!
  • 2 0
 Yup. 3500 sqft houses on 5000 sgft lots. The really ironic part is before that housing development was built that was where a small network of beginner mountain bike trails, and hidden dirt jump trails had been since the 80's. So awesome to see them something so great to a neighborhood with so many kids and young families and where Jordie lived.
  • 3 2
 Yeah, looks like Vegas.
  • 4 6
 @RBalicious: Not really. I agree that the footprint should be small but in this case, why not have a bit more yard space for the kids or even a swimming pool (if one can afford it) or trampoline. Kids need to be able to play outside in their yard too.
  • 15 3
 @MMOF: because that's how you end up with rampant urban sprawl. the kids can play in the forest next to their house
  • 5 7
 @arrowheadrush: Yeah, I get it but really, young kids cannot go into the forest where we are due to cougars, bears and other wildlife, let alone the worst of all...humans that prey on young kids. They still need a safe place to play and having at least some yard (not talking acres) will give them some fun (like building a fort or some other thing that youngsters enjoy).
  • 2 3
 Not everyone goes outside. Some types like to stay home with the curtains closed and the a/c on 365/yr.
  • 6 0
 Look at any new development in Canada, it's mostly all like this. Over priced homes on tiny lots.
  • 2 0
 The worst part is when they have minimum square footage requirements for areas. This means that even if you try to make the house smaller to have a bigger yard they will only go so small.
  • 2 0
 @joeshackleton: yep... have to protect the tax base
  • 7 1
 @RBalicious: Please don't mistake this for Langford caring about its footprint or retaining natural spaces. Langford is doing everything it can to remove natural spaces.
  • 3 0
 A-"Hey I hi-fived my neighbor"
B-"Oh really how?"
A-"We just both put our hands out the window at the same time."
  • 2 0
 The Euro way.
  • 4 1
 @MMOF: lol, wut? Cougars and bears?

This is an agressively developed area in Langford (a bedroom community of Victoria). The forrested area is safe, there are multiple great playgrounds in that area, pool, rink, sports fields, indoor kids play area etc etc all walking distance.

My sister lives in the area and it's very family friendly/oriented (partially because that's where young families can afford to buy). Yeah I've got a bigger lot and more distance from my neighbours, but I'm surrounded by cranky boomers rattling around in their empty nests.

I also have to drive 15 minutes to get to legit trails, so I'm jealous my sis will have trails in her backyard.
  • 5 0
 How did a nice thread about Jordie turn into a conversation about real estate development?
  • 3 0
 @bill-curran: mostly because Langford the area is rapidly expanding and has destroyed/is actively destroying trail networks that have existed for a while. I agree this is not the place to have that discussion though.
  • 3 0
 This will be awesome a 15 minute bike ride from my house!
  • 3 0
 Best damn thing I read all day!
  • 1 0
 Agreed, this is great news.
  • 2 0
 This is so great,,,an amazing legacy for Jordie...Kudos to Langford for making this happen !!!!
  • 3 0
 Amazing
  • 1 0
 Stevie was the only rider I'd wake up at 2am to watch live runs during the season
  • 1 0
 This is awesome - I'd like to see a similar park here in Port Moody! Maybe one day!
  • 1 0
 This is amazing...Vancouver Island honoring one of its own in a perfect way!!!
  • 1 0
 This is straight up badass!!! So awesome to see this happening. That's it I'm moving to the island!
  • 2 0
 Amazing !!!!
  • 1 0
 Hopefully a place to do pushups!
  • 1 0
 Perfect way to honor him!
  • 1 0
 Trail with tree roll in feature named “snake hole”
  • 1 0
 This is so AWESOME! Jordie is my favorite rider ever
  • 1 0
 That's awesome, great way to remember the man.
  • 1 0
 Can not wait for this!!!!
  • 1 0
 I hope the bike park will be Rough AF
  • 2 0
 Miss you Jord
  • 1 0
 Rad!
  • 2 4
 What, so we need people to die to get bike parks around.

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