Jay Hoot's bike park taking shape in Williams Lake, BC

Jul 23, 2010 at 5:54
by Tom Schoen  
The Williams Lake Cycling Club has been busy in 2010! With a world-class bike park under construction and the legal designation of the Fox Mountain trail network, Williams Lake is fast becoming one of BC’s premier mountain bike destinations.

Details inside,The Club executive has provided this short summary to the riding community to let you all know what we’ve been up to and to invite you all to come enjoy what Williams Lake has to offer.

Boitanio Bike Park-

Earlier this year the Club posted a news release announcing a partnership between the City of Williams Lake, the Cariboo Regional District and Northern Development Initiative Trust in an effort to construct a bike park in Boitanio Park. The Club secured $75,000 cash and $140,000 in donations to begin construction on July 5th, 2010. Jay Hoot’s has designed the park and the Hoot’s crew has been in the puddle building the park for the past few weeks. Check out the pics!

Big Jump Line through the Big Fir's


Pump Track & Beginner Jump Line

When complete in early August, the Boitanio Bike Park will be the second largest facility in the Province. We will be opening the Park on August 8th, 2010 along with hosting our annual Fox Mountain downhill event. Check the Club’s website for more details closer to the opening date at www.puddlebike.com

Fox Mountain Trail Agreement -

Also earlier this year the Club announced the signing of a Trails Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts. This Agreement legalizes a huge portion of the mountain bike trail network in the City. By August 2010 the Club will be adding the Westsyde Area as well as Desous to this Agreement thus creating one of the largest legal trail networks in the Province!

The Club has been busy managing its obligations under the agreement over the summer and has recently installed 3 kiosks at the trailheads. They provide a detailed trail map for riders, as well as recommend routes to visitors. The trails are well signed to help riders navigate one of the fastest and flowiest riding areas in the Province.

New Kiosk At Fox Mountain

Preferred Route Signage. Visitors can follow these route signs for green, blue and black trails to ensure they can navigate the network.


As part of the Agreement, the trails are non-motorized. This will ensure the trails and stunts are maintained to provide a safe experience.




153 Comments

  • 8 3
 Everyone says jay hoots bike parks suck, but its way better than nothing and gives the town a place to progress in its biking scene. I wouldnt mind it if he came to my town at all!
  • 2 19
flag rffr (Jul 25, 2010 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 Then they should go put their time and money into getting a legal place to ride, then donate their time and money into building the entire park for everyone... all knowing they won't make shit for money off it. Kids are worthless ungrateful punks these days. I say take the parks away from the canadians, bring em down here to people that will be truly grateful for em.
  • 7 0
 I dont understand what the first part of your reply is actually replying to. Maybe its just me
  • 2 7
flag rffr (Jul 25, 2010 at 11:22) (Below Threshold)
 Its agreeing with what you said & adding me own opinion onto it.


But yea man, It's exactly like that. Kinda sad all the negative comments about it. People have no idea the time and effort it takes to actually get legal land ok'd for use. Which is why there are almost no legal spots here in the US. Instead most of them are built illegally etc here. Same thing as there tho, when someone does step up and take the time to legally build something, everyone just ends up dissing it rather than appreciating it.
  • 3 3
 Gotcha now. Yah like people go through so much work to make an official place to have dirt jumps built and all kids do is criticize it and have no respect for it. Building a park out of lame dirt because of a low budget is better than having nothing thats for sure.
  • 2 4
 It takes a ton of money. I have actually been through the legal process twice and well, it wasn't worth it for me to continue. Luckily it's a club who helped support the build, but man, it's expensive, time consuming etc. People act like Jay has nothing better to do with his life. He has a job (and probably a family) like everyone else to worry about. Even with this, he is nice enough to DONATE something to the community.

The comments above have me cracking up. People are so utterly helpless in today's world. Oooo the landings have rocks etc cry cry. Well, bring a shovel, a bucket of water, and a 50 gallon trash can full of good dirt, and fix the shit themselves instead of cry and expect the hand of god to come down and do it for em. it's a shame kids are so lazy these days. Or a lack of initiative/common sense. Either way...
  • 3 2
 the only annoying thing about jay hoots parks, is he insists on having all tables.. builds them out of like gravel. like there is a bike park in burnaby FULLY made of gravel. thats the dumbest thing u could do for a bike park considering ppl will be falling. now vancouver has finally not given him the contract, and gave it to another company, and look at what beautiful work we get www.pinkbike.com/video/149733. its almost as if jay goes out of his way to make jumps not good. but yes it is better than nothing and yes i suppose they should be excited.
  • 1 0
 Wow youre right, it looks so much better..
  • 2 0
 He insists of tables because most likely that is what he is allowed to do legally. Tables make it easier to get land etc due to the liability aspects of it.
  • 1 0
 Re: Only having tables - It may be more difficult for liability, but we've had no problem getting permission to put in large gaps and stepdowns at the freeride park in North Saanich, so that's not really the whole answer.
  • 2 0
 leon-forfar, the Burnaby park is gravelled to help drainage and slow erosion because the park's foundation is unfortunately clay - have you ever tried to ride clay/silt jumps when it's been raining? The tables are required by the municipality to apply to the highest number of riders, including beginners who like to roll over the jumps, wrecking the lips...the same riders whose parents will sue the city if their kid falls while riding jumps above his skill level. I agree there should be a separate 'advanced' park, but the good riders need to organize instead of bitching at the 'beginner-friendly' parks.
  • 1 1
 many people have organized and petition went thru for advanced parks but the city will not allow them or they just completly ignore people
  • 2 0
 yea i know its for drainage, but seriously.. gravel man, that shits not nice to fall on:P, and too rffr, legally he does not have to make tables, that video i posted is our city jumps that are being made right now legally. and i gotta say they look soooo sick!
  • 1 0
 Yeah I live in Burnaby and the bike park sucks. My buddy took a small spill on the gravel and he cut open his elbow so bad that it squirted blood out. I don't think he's ever going there without elbows on again.
  • 2 1
 He coulda gashed his elbow on anything. Point in wearing pads in the first place. Dirt will chew you just as bad (as my entire back and side prove). Just wear pads when riding. Not the park's fault he fell.

Excellently said Burker btw Smile

now,
" Re: Only having tables - It may be more difficult for liability, but we've had no problem getting permission to put in large gaps and stepdowns at the freeride park in North Saanich, so that's not really the whole answer."

hate to say it, but how does one thing somewhere have to do with another? It's different city, different county, different legislation, different law enforcement etc. So in other words, you can't really say just because site a has this, site b should have no issues with it. Doesn't quite work like that in the adult world. We have laws and rules to abide by, and honestly, if the city says they want it some way in order to make it easier to pass the bill etc that will allow the project (or funding), it's best to do it. We face this issue all the time in airsoft. Full face masks at some fields, sealed goggles at others. ALl depends on what city your dealing with, and who is on both ends of the ordeal.
  • 1 0
 @rffr Re: the tables thing again - It's not actually a different country. Williams lake and North Saanich are both in BC, so I don't know where you're going with that...The legislation and law enforcement in this case is provincial, so it's actually the same. No need to be condescending. In the "adult world" it's called a precedent. The difference here is that one park is built the Hoots way, and the other was signed off by Kyle Mitchell, who's build parks in China, Madrid and California for BMX world championships. Not to knock Hoots at all, because he's a great guy and he's helped us build trails out here before, but let's be honest here; Who's the more experienced builder between those two?
  • 1 1
 county is different than country.
  • 6 1
 people say jay hoots parks suck because the one he built in port coquitlam was rushed/underbudgeted/ and in a a bad place... thus IT SUCKED, cant say everything the guy does will suck.
  • 5 1
 he's build 2 or three on the island... they are all the same quality, trust me.
  • 2 2
 Look at the Shaunessy park, there are 7" bouders coming out of the landings of the dirtjumps.
  • 3 2
 I agree that the landings at the dirt jumps at Shaunessy are scary! There are rocks sticking out of the dirt everywhere! One cased landing and it's over! Although the skills section with the teeter totters and log rides are decent. I personally don't mind where it's located either. I like the nice wooded lot they chose. Lots of shady places to rest on the really hot days.
  • 10 7
 FIX THEM YOURSELF OR DO BETTER INSTEWAD OF WHINE. MAN YOU GUYS JUST BITCH ABOUT EVERYTHING GIVEN TO YOU FOR FREE. IF YOU CAN DO BETTER DO IT. if not STFU.
  • 1 2
 well said
  • 7 2
 I say do it right or don't do it at all.
  • 2 11
flag rffr (Jul 25, 2010 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 Wow dkidd. Do it right or nothing at all. You don't deserve parks in your area. I'd do anything for a local spot like that, that is LEGAL. I don't care how shady or shitty it is, I just want something legal and nice to ride. But then again, some of you guys in Canada are uberly spoiled with parks and spots to ride, and well, it's showing. (not all Canadians are included in this, as many of you are stand up guys, but man, some of you are uberly spoiled IMO, and I think in others opinions also).

I give major props to the canadians keeping good positive comments about this. It's you guys who deserve to ride cool stuff, not people like dkidd, in which nothing is ever good enough for him. Is whistler hacked too dkidd?
  • 10 0
 Look man. I understand that you're upset by this, but I've been working in the industry, riding and BUILDING probably for longer than you have.
Badly made jumps are a hazard, and do more to dissuade groms from entering the scene than anything.
Perhaps if you had read my comments above a little more carefully as opposed to jumping the gun like that you'd realize that I do support jay's efforts. I have talked to the guy quite a bit, and he's a rad dude, but he works with what he is given, and thats usually not a lot. I say if you can't make a park worthy of the kids that are riding it, wait a while til you can do it right.
don't spout off until you know what you're talking about and who you're talking to, OK? Thanks.
  • 5 0
 edit: look at what Drew Mitchell has done with a spot of land. He started with nothing, no land, no funding, etc. But he had drive, and waited until he had the materials and finances to do it right. and the park is awesome. All it takes is forethought.

www.freeridebc.com/NorthSaanichBikePark.htm

I'm not saying don't do it at all, I'm not saying jay's efforts went to waste, but I think if you have the drive, materials and money, might as well wait til you can do it perfectly.
  • 1 0
 Seriously man, they make the wood jumps out of plywood 1/2 an inch thick, and the gravel is now concrete with boulders in it.
  • 1 6
flag rffr (Jul 26, 2010 at 21:53) (Below Threshold)
 Like said.... if you think you guys can do better... then prove it. Talk is cheap. Go make better parks yourselves... and by all means, don't ride any of JAY's stuff if you don't like it. Go find somewhere else. Very simple. O and obviously I know a bit more about what I'm talking about being I'm actually coming at this with a logical view, not some kicking and screaming whining complaining kid like o so many others tend to be.
  • 5 0
 You clearly haven't read anything I've written... all you're doing is spouting off poorly reasoned "arguments" which are doing nothing but making you look petty.
No, I'm not going to make a park myself, for the very reason I stated above. I don't have the time, materials or funding to do it right. I'm saying Hoots could have used a bit more of all three when building some of his previous parks.
Now take your Ritalin, go for a long walk, and we'll forget that you even started this inane argument.
  • 1 5
flag rffr (Jul 26, 2010 at 23:52) (Below Threshold)
 You don't have the time, but then you have the time to sit here and complain all night long?

You don't have the money... but then you hack on someone who is DONATING THEIR OWN MONEY.

You don't have the materials... but then you hack on someone who doesn't nesessarily have them all either. What is jay made of money?

Read what you just posted. You have no idea how much you just confirmed what I'm saying. Once again... unless your willing to help, and donate your OWN MONEY... please, don't ride the park, don't look at the park, don't go near the park, don't post about the park... why, because you have put in 0 effort to make it better yourself. Case in point
  • 6 0
 Chill out dude, you aren't gonna win this one.
No, I don't have the time. You might not have thought about it, but a bike park takes more than a few minutes to build and plan.
I do donate my hard-earned cash to promoting cycling in my area. I promote trail-building networks and groups, donate my time to build (legal trails) and also lead youth cycling camps at the well-built park areas in town. The money I spend on this I earn at my two bike industry jobs.
I don't have the materials, and I hack on people who don't have them only when they need them to complete the job successfully. you might have missed my above comment in your state of rage, but I pointed out a similar project fronted by Drew Mitchell, where sufficient materials were found and used. And lo and behold, the park is awesome.

And before you get all high and mighty, and make yourself look like even more of an ass-hat, think about this situation. These are parks you have never been to, have never ridden, and you are talking to and about people you will never meet. You are just spouting off because you love to read your loquacious e-comments, but its clear to all of us that you are painfully ignorant of the complexities of this situation. For your information, I have spend a fair bit of time fixing up one of hoots' parks, to make the jumps more ride-able and safer.

you're an annoying little spaz. Get some sleep, and stop posting here.
  • 1 4
 Lol "I'm not going to win with this one"... hate to say it but I did. Your like a broken record spewing bullshit all over the room. You have no idea on the legalities, nor the business aspect of parks.

I don't have to think about any situation. Fact is, if you want people to listen to you, you need to present yourself as an adult, not a whiny lil baby throwing a temper tantrum. Adults get listened to, crying babies do not. Therefore, I won't read what you typed, nor pay any more attention to you since you obviously are so far out of tune from real life that it's clouding any opinion that you share.

Btw, you may want to read what some of the people who ACTUALLY HELPED JAY have to say. I think they have more authority on the matter than someone just criticizing something for really no reason. No shovel... no opinion.
  • 1 4
 Btw, you do realize that most of you guys are being slanderous...
  • 6 0
 I don't even know what to say to this. You're broken man... like seriously fucked in the head. I'm done with this argument. Your grammar is atrocious, your arguments are repetitive and fallacious, and you just outright admitted to not reading anything I've written, but you still insist that I'm arguing repetitively without reason. I hope no one is still reading this argument, because it is, without doubt, one of the stupidest I have ever been party to. I apologize on behalf of rffr, and politely decline from further comment.
  • 1 7
flag rffr (Jul 27, 2010 at 17:01) (Below Threshold)
 lol, I just took a screen shot of that. Precious. Even funnier is that you came up with the f*cked in the head comment. All I'm trying to do is back up someone who is donating time and work... and all you can do is bash it down. You sound like a democrat... your just going in circles without actually covering one thing with decent logic. A+. Liberalism is a mental disorder... you may want to remember that.
  • 2 0
 Ahahahahah thread of fail
  • 4 0
 Didnt take time to read all that. Basically what alot of kids around here say is, our own jumps are better than the ones at the pro park, no one goes to the pro park = waste of money, especially with the huge popularity of the lafarge jumps.
  • 1 0
 thank you.
  • 9 5
 The bike park Jay built in Hinton is freakin rad, we are so lucky to get a pro built park. I'm stoked you guys are getting a park to. Jay kicks ass, not to mention he's also the nicest guy you'll ever meet.
  • 4 1
 Hoots has done way more than anyone else for the progression of mountain biking. I love the controversy that comes up anytime he builds anything new! The Burnaby park was built with gravel for a reason, it's crazy rainy there, if it was built with dirt the park would be washed away by now. Hinton was built with REAL DIRT. The jumps are built as tables so people can learn to jump. If you are bashing Hoots, you are a moron and don't care about the progression of Mountain biking. More people don't ride than do. People need to learn to bike differently now than in the past, Hoot's parks are the best place to teach people getting into biking how to ride!
  • 3 1
 all you bloomin canadians have it sorted,u have mountains to ride and bike parks galore so stop moaning and deal with it.atleast you lot are having bike parks built for you,what do we get all our places knocked down by dog walkers and farmers so shut up,stop moaning and just ride it!!!
  • 3 1
 I like it the way Jay builds it. Hes pretty much just laying the foundation down, and after a month or two kids will bring their own shovels and start adjusting it. We (the kids), appreciate what hes doing. All we do is adjust or fix up a few nitches and stitch it up. For example, we add on to the original lip of the jumps with some dirt/gravel/rocks laying around for more pop, or we dig out the middle of the jumps and make them higher.
I don't know why you haters are hating.
Good job Jay Big Grin
  • 2 0
 you guys in the states and canada have it lucky theres fuck all over in england bike pak wise and skateparks aint that great either and not to mention you get booted off most street etc that is good so stop moaning it looks intense well done !
  • 2 0
 1 outa every 2 comments is complaints. I have never seen such ungrateful twats. It makes our part of the world look.... well, more like fit the stereotype we already have (no canada... it's not just the USA, you guys have an =ually bad rep.
  • 2 0
 1 out of every two comments is yours...
  • 4 2
 This project is a waste of time and money unless there is going to be regular maintenance done on the park. The problem is that Jay Hoots builds poor bike parks to begin with and then no one maintains them, so they go to complete shit. When I say he builds poor bike parks, I mean that there is no consideration in regards to sustainability. In all of the Jay Hoots built parks I have seen, including my local park, he doesn't do any grading or drainage and uses poor rocky soil, which is dangerous in itself and results in huge amounts of erosion. JAY HOOTS, PLEASE STOP BUILDING BIKE PARKS!!!!
  • 1 0
 hey smart ass did u know that there is a regular maintenance plan and budget for this park. or do you just open your mouth before you think about what your going to say!
  • 1 0
 Please take some deep breaths and relax. Thats good that there is going to be regular maintenance done on them. However, my local park was a different story. I would spend the time watering and repairing the jumps he had built, only to watch them be destroyed by little kids running on them and rolling the lips. I just gave up. Jay Hoots isn't the whole problem. There are lots of other factors that contribute to the jumps he builds going to shit.
  • 1 0
 It is 100% up to you to take those kids under your wing and show them what dirt jumping and fixing jumps is and is all about without any help and communication these parks will never be a sucess. And with people bitching about it its not making it any better. You have seriously stepped out of line with that comment.
  • 1 0
 Well, there is word that my local park is going to be rebuilt WITHOUT Jay Hoots so I am very optimistic
  • 1 2
 Hate to say it brandonf... but your 16, you have about as much idea as what goes on behind the scenes as obama has experience. Basically zip. Zilch. Nada.

Your very optimistic because someone else is going to build then... but you seem to forget the fact that shit is a 1 time build. You have to maintain and take care of it yourselves, alter stuff and build on yourselves. Basically all that Jay is doing is providing young kids with a way to legally build in an area. Take it or leave it, your obviously just too young / immature to man up and lend a hand at fixing issues you see. I call this the kicking and screaming to mommy and daddy because it won't work right ordeal. We all seem to throw temper tantrums around here when stuff doesn't go exactly how people think it should be... but then people forget that JAY is not profiting off this. IMO he shouldn't help you kids at all. It's called donating time. ... you don't deserve it, nor do you deserve to own and ride bikes. Now I ask, when is the last time YOU have donated your time... MONEY, and hard work? Really, this is a serious question, and instead of trying to defend yourself, just answer this one question. I think if kids started giving a bit more these days and working in soup kitchens you would have a whole lot more respect for people going out of their way for the community.
  • 1 0
 Last I heard, Jay Hoots was being paid thousands to build our park. And, as stated in my above comment, I tried to maintain the jumps, but it was pointless as little kids and the elements would destroy them so fast. Maybe I should have tried to organize a build day or something, but as you said, I'm just a dumb little 16 year old. But you're right, I shouldn't complain because I've just resorted to building my own illegal jumps, which won't be destroyed by little kids and the elements
  • 1 0
 don't sweat it Brandon, the guys a little bent. Keep doin' your thing.
  • 2 1
 He is getting paid thousands.... hahahahaha. Funniest thing I have heard all day. Almost as funny as hearing someone working at in-n-out burger saying their district managers get paid 300k a year. Look, your at an age where you don't understand money, or how it works. I can put money on the fact JAY is not pocketing thousands from doing this. You may want to go talk to a legit trail builder and he will tell you all about it.
  • 3 1
 Wow, didn't expect so many negative comments.... what can I say, I have no idea about how other Jay Hoots bike parks are build, but ours here in Williams Lake looks pretty sweet to me so far (It's still under construction). The dirt seems to be just fine and was hauled in. The local bike club made arrangements and picked the dirt. I've talked to the builders and they all seem to be knowledgable and stoked to work on the park. Local riders are testing everything during the building phase and jumps are getting adjusted accordingly. Maintenance will be performed by our local club and local trailbuilders. So far so good....
  • 3 0
 mmmmmmmmm... yet another pseudo-right-wing american wielding flawgic to impose his sophomoric cultural assumptions upon the inhabitants of another country. manifest destiny ends at the 49th parallel, pal.
  • 1 0
 This^

you hit the nail, square on the red white and blue head. props.
  • 2 0
 I'm staggered by all the comments I've read here. The US and Canada are totally filled with bikeparks! Think of small countries like mine...we don't have even an eight of what you guys have! You certainly have nothing to whine about. Btw, Jay has been here few years ago and gave lots of great ideas for bike parks, this guy is everything but useless!
  • 6 1
 who builds a park out of gravel. what is this guy an idiot?
  • 3 7
flag rffr (Jul 25, 2010 at 10:59) (Below Threshold)
 If you can do better... do it. Stop whining, stop calling him an idiot and show him how to do it. Get the land rights, coordinate everything and set it up. Do it. We expect it done by next week or a mob of angry riders is going to tar and feather you. Then were going to complain about the work you did being garbage, and that you are an idiot, and wasted all your time and money trying to be nice. Then we will come to pink bike and spam a thread about it, further calling you an idiot for DONATING your time. Man your a douche bag mtla...
  • 4 0
 The real shame in all these half hearted gravel hoots bike parks is that huge money went into them - over $200 000 in this case.

There are 3 within 10 kilometers of my house that all had plenty of money put in to them by the community and are all infinitely worse than the ones just built by riders on their own dime. I can only imagine what one of these good trail or jump builders could do with that kind of money and it looks nothing like these shameful parks i see scattered throughout north van. In concept its a really awesome thing that hoots does for the bike community but in practice its really sad seeing so much funding result in such lackluster deserted parks.

Hoots keep doing what you are doing, but let some local talent design and build these parks.
  • 2 4
 Then why don't you guys approach him and offer help? Why don't you guys start collecting money to give to him to allow further help. You do realize 200,000$ is jack shit in this case. He probably spend 195,000 of that money getting the land cleared. It takes lawyers, it takes help, ie PAYING PEOPLE for their time, etc.

It's up to the riders to step up if they want more. Since you live close Albatrosse, did you go approach Jay with a plan for a good park? Something designed on paper that would actually keep the attention of an adult? Not just saying ideas, like actually drawing something legit up? Where you there every day offering shovel help when it was being built? Did you rent a truck and or a bobcat to help out?

See what I'm saying. It's down to the ungrateful part because well, no one helped. It's like people in the us complaining about the president when they didn't vote to begin with. You gotta put in to take back. Too much taking, not enough giving IMO. You speak of all these good builders, then come up with a meeting time, and get everyone involved.
  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/video/149733 watch that less then half the cost to hire them, real dirt, they look nice, and i dont see any big rocks that require 8 inches of travel. earthramp bike parks a real company.
  • 1 1
 Once again, it all depends on the local government. Unless that park was built exactly in the same spot as JAY's there are absolutely 0 similarities between the two contract wise. Why are people so out of tune with how the adult world works. You need permits to practically put a mailbox up now. But then again, I doubt anyone under 30 has ever had to go through the process of getting a building permit, let alone one that has crazy liabilities attached to it. Let's put it this way... it's hard enough legally building a tool shed on the side of your house, let alone building one on a public street with a bottomless pit next to it (used the example to show the difference between liabilities of the two). I suggest you guys really ask your teachers, parents, etc about this if you want to know more. I'm sure they will repeat the exact same thing I did.
  • 1 0
 rffr you've made your point about organization and politics being a huge hurtle and this is where hoots hasn't fallen short. But you seem to refuse to acknowledge the fact that the resulted parks are poorly done and its NOT due to budget. The layouts and designs are terrible. Don't you get it? the final product is a waste of land and tax money. We pay alot of taxes here and we care about where that money goes. Luckily it seems as though the city of Vancouver has come to realize this, hence they've hired earth ramps for their vanier park jump contract. Please before you jump on anyone elses back on here, go visit these bike parks.
  • 1 1
 Dude, your restating what all the other morons have. If it's a bad layout, then change it yourselves. Nothing is set. Jay just builds the initial park, and it's up to you guys to alter or make it better. So once again, stop bitching like a twat and go grab a shovel.
  • 1 0
 yeah, lets pay hoots and his crew to build it, then level it by hand and re build. Its the effort that counts though right? i mean if you do it this way, its a ton of effort. 110 percent bro.
  • 1 1
 Well if that is what needs to be done... do it. Your still bitching... and its been over a week. Shut up and start digging. All your effort is going into is trying to put down on jay, when you have had 7 YES SEVEN days to go out there and dig. What have you got accomplished in the last 7 days besides cry like a baby on a web forum? Hugged and kissed your parents this morning also? HAHAHA.
  • 2 1
 I can't wait to try it! Thanks to Williams Lake and to Jay for their initiative, time, and effort. Sorry to read about so many complaints, which seem to be based on ignorance. High five to those of you that see the good in these projects!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 4 3
 jay hoots is not a horrible builder... yes ive seen better parks but he does try to make it safe for everyone... i was involved in the build in langley called penzer park located on 200th and 48th. the park when it was first built with the help of supportive riders in the area was a pretty good park. it was later moddified to a better park by the riders who rode the bigger set who wanted to challenge them selves and lips were added and the second jump was gapped and it was a unreal set of dirtjumps(pics are in my profile from back when they were good)anyways where im getting with this that park is complete garbage now and yes i agree that he does not use very good dirt as theres rocks and anything else u can find in there, fact is the jumps were completly ruined when the city got the hands on them and rebuilt the biggest set and made it easier to do than the smaller sets, but the worst part is they covered everything in gravel other the the actual jumps so there is no run in to even grip on. all in all ig u help hoots build ur local jumps how u want them they will turn out alright its just the fact of not letting the city touch them
  • 1 0
 Good call, here in WL we have an agreement in place for Hoots' crew to come back and do the maintenance on the bike park. No pot bellied 55yr old non riding city worker will be touching or reshaping any lips or berms here.
  • 4 1
 No offence or anything, but jay is not very good at making parks he killed the south surrey bike park. was perfectly fine till he was done with it and now no one goes to it.
  • 4 0
 i agree with this one, that used to be a very good park
  • 3 0
 yes thank you, I'm tired of seeing this man get praised based on principal. Good on him for getting it organized and going, but fact of the matter is, he builds terrible parks. And don't tell me its due to time or money people, because the designs and layouts are plain poor. I found myself at interriver park a few months back absolutely boggled at how someone can take a piece of property like that, move all that dirt and end up with a set up that is 95% pointless and un rideable(sorry not just lack of maintenance to blame either). Thank god they re built the bmx track, now its not a complete waste of land.
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 you just don't get it game.
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 rffr, I see your comments on here, my question for you, have you visited any of his bike parks he has built in the last 5 years? or are you going by the photos of the new project in this article? Kids might be ungrateful these days, but the reason he is getting so many negative responses is because he plain does a bad job.
  • 3 2
 rffr stfu please! some of your points are correct but saying canadians are spoiled is fucking stupid. like yes we have better parks but you american are fucking dicks sometimes. and im not saying canadians are perect but dont diss us when you guys are far from perfect too
  • 1 0
 its awsome that there building parks for us mtn bikers but why not for once get some one who can build a good park, we keep seeing the same old crap from Hoots all the time. yes at first they were fun but then every park made in our lower-mainland had been designed by the same builder. the government should give the local riders the land and a say in how it is built.
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 Me and 2 of my freinds were there today and the builders were kind enough to let us ride before it was even open. I must say the park is impressive!! Good dirt, lots of lines and some big jumps and berms. Some of the stuff on the smaller lines was difficult as the take off's were a bit steep for the size/distance of the jump. But nothing 10 minutes with a shovel or just a little getting used to won't fix. Overall, great job so far guys keep up the good work. This park will be the core reason for another mint roadtrip to Willies Pond real soon!! Thanks for lettin us in!!
  • 1 0
 this park looks pretty fun,the one in kitchener is awsome they're pretty much perfect lips and landings claude larue from TDC excavaing can oppperate the excavator bobcat dozer and any other piece of equipment like it is an extension of his body
  • 1 0
 As president of the Williams Lake bike club, i would like to send out an invitation to all to come and ride the recently completed Boitano Bike Park. The grand opening was Aug.8 and we had well over 200 riders ripping it up. Back flips and 360's were seen on the big line and kids of all ages were tearing through the rest of the park. Multiple options off the majority of jumps will keep things fresh and new lines are there to be found. Enough speculating on the quality of "another Hoots park", come and ride it and find out for yourself.
  • 4 3
 sweet, another park with jumps all going uphill! I shouldn't be so cynical, its great that Jay is doing all this work, and helping kids get out jumping, but damn if his parks aren't poorly laid out.
  • 1 0
 how do you know there uphill
  • 1 0
 trust me, you can tell pretty easily. The run-in ramp is steep downhill, but the field they're built on slopes back up from there... on the two parks that I know are his.
I do support his work, and its great that he did so much with what he was given... but they could be better laid out.
We've modded the main ones in town extensively, and they are more rideable/trickable now.
  • 1 0
 I actually rode this today, stopped by cuz we were in town riding. They builders were nice enough to let us ride before it was even finished. I assure you it has a downward slope.
  • 2 1
 then all is forgiven.
  • 2 0
 ive been riding this new park for a week and the big line is decent but could always be bigger. but the intermediate line def needs work the tables are messed
  • 1 0
 whats messed about em!??
  • 1 1
 its been said before and will be said again. when a bike park is installed into an area wanting one it is the companies do dillagence to install it to standards and spec. after the construction is completed it is the same as any other structure, municipal or not, for the people who use and ride the park to take ownership. ppl complain about the integraty of the park but have no ambition to take a shovel and pick the rocks out of landings and take offs and re-fill the holes and pack them. complaining about a park thats been worn out by local riders that are lazy and only want to ride but not build is ignorant. take action. and for the record skidding and riding backwards over lips isnt cool take a hint ppl!
  • 1 1
 95% of this page has that issue man. It's a shame people are such whiny spoiled twats these days. Ungrateful barstards IMO.


Glad to see someone appreciating it and understanding the legal aspects they go through to get a park up.
  • 1 1
 f*ckin f*ck ya samnation, you nailed it! any one of these masturbating little bastards should maybe stop migrating away from their kiddie porn pages and learn what the hell is going on in the world. Everyone of jays parks are designed and build to have local riders come out and stuff a shovel in the ground and shape the jumps the way they want them. Jay needs to build to a specific standard to keep the government happy, after he leaves its no longer a Jay Hoots Park and it becomes the host municipalities park. So that being said if you have shitty ass park in your town its your own fault, Jay just supplies the mean for you to develop your own park. If Toyota builds a car is it their responsibility to change the oil for ya and f*ckin wash it, I think f*cking not!!! I apologize for the rant but these little ass lickers will kill the sport!!!

until next time,
asta luaga pendejo's!!!
  • 1 1
 exxxxxactly.
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 YESSS
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 another waste of cash the jay hoots parks suck he doesnt even use real dirt..
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 right - I heard he used marshmallows in one park, and shaving cream in another instead of real dirt. Hopefully Williams Lake ensures that their dirt is certified.
  • 13 8
 Why moan? You're getting a freaking bike park out of it!
  • 29 5
 LOL, do you guys realize that sand is used for MANY things, including skyscraper foundations like seen in the middle east.

Many things use sand from dredging. Its funny you guys are complaining about it as the majority of the shit you stand on is somewhat based on sand.

What do you think goes in to make concrete? Feathers and foam? Sand... duh.

Lol guess you guys have been around enough to actually build with it. Works just as good as clay if you have water and gravel to base it with. By the looks of the peoples pics compaining, you guys don't have much experience in trail building to begin with. Let the pros do pro's work and worry about other stuff.
  • 7 1
 We need more, AT LEAST ONE in the East, EAST Coast!
  • 7 1
 and about a dozen here in the US. Smile
  • 6 1
 there's actually a lot of parks here in the u.s.: Highland, Diablo, Seven springs, wisp, showshoe, keystone, winter park, sol vista, post canyon, blackrock, ray's. Just gotta be willing to travel.
  • 2 2
 woodward? dont even whine lol
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 Traveling 30+ hour drive is unacceptable to go ride a park. If I were going to drive that far I'd go up to whistler. See that is the thing we run into, everything worth a damn is so far out, you might as well just trek up to whistler, or stay local and do n star.

And yes, sure we have multiple woodwards. You guys are missing the point. We don't have many smaller parks like this. Sure we have our ski resorts and major parks but thats it. Outside of Northstar here in Nor Cal, we really don't have anything worth a damn. Also, your forgetting woodward cost at min a grand. We need FREE to ride parks. At most... what vans skatepark used to be when we had one in our city. 10 to ride for 3 hours.
  • 9 2
 For the record "herobikes" you're 17 and probab;y have never put any effort into fixing a jump up to make it pop. I have worked for Jay for a couple years now and everytime the dirt is great to work with! The only time it is not up to snuff is if the city won't pay to get it brought up and give us some garbage they dug out of some ones lawn. We only ask for the dirt, they provide it for us. As a hired contractor we don't control where they get the dirt from only make the most of it. We ask for the good stuff but don't always get it.
Every jump settles in in time and gets a bit lame but when they do it's time to pick up a shovle and perk it up. if the parks you have ridden aren't what you expected then put some love into them.
Please grow a little work ethic.
Jay builds amazing parks and gives so many kids opportunities to ride their bike in a rad setting! And that is sweet.
  • 2 3
 Well rffr, pick up a shovel, and start digging. These parks don't just magically appear by themselves. If you really wanted it bad enough you'd be working on building one. I wanted better trails in my town to ride, so I worked out a deal with the people who owned the land where existing trails were and grabbed a shovel, a hammer and nails, and a chainsaw then went to work.
  • 3 1
 your a f*cking moron, his can only do so much with what the city gives him. maybe you should start building parks? na i doubt you can even build a half decent dirt jump.
so just stfu
  • 3 1
 Well cyrix, considering I live in Northern California in the bay area, getting open land requires either millions of dollars or hefty state funding. Aint gonna happen. Also, I've probably put more time digging than many people on this site. There are many hidden illegal trails that are around because of me and my buddies. Unfortunately we won't ever get em legal because well.... we plain ass don't have the time or money. Also, using a chainsaw around here will get the world coming down on you. We live in the hippy capitol of the world... aint no cutting shit down around here without a major media ordeal. Heck you get fined for cutting a tree down in your front yard now. Green nazis.
  • 2 0
 You should start stacking hippies for new stunts.
  • 2 3
 if jay realy cared he would argue to get some real dirt its you can get it free from construction sites and by the way ive built plenty of nice jumps the only problem is i dont elt my jumps get ridden by little kids that like to do wheelies on the tables.
  • 3 1
 actualy why hire jay hoots when you can hire earthramps to make real jumps? out of real dirt earthrampbikeparks.com
  • 1 1
 quit sulkin you fucken pussies, if the dirt is no good dont complain keep your useless comments to urself nobody here cares. and these jumps do look dope im forsure gona be riding em. the pros who built this knew they arent goin to make money profit off of it, they built it for people to enjoy so get over yourselfs
  • 2 1
 "if jay realy cared he would argue to get some real dirt its you can get it free from construction sites and by the way ive built plenty of nice jumps the only problem is i dont elt my jumps get ridden by little kids that like to do wheelies on the tables."

HAHAHAHAHA. So... basically your pawning everything off on JAY. Well, jay should do this, jay should do that, jay should bend this way, jay should bend that way. My f*cking god, hes just doing this to help the community. I think Jay should also provide a monster energy truck, grand stands, night lighting, heck, build the f*cking park in doors. Man you kids are so out of touch with reality it's disgusting. The internet officially sucks after tonight.

btw... if you want better dirt, go buy a 50 gallon trash can and start filling dirt and unloading it one can at a time. How about YOU do something for once instead of JAY doing it. How about the COMMUNITY finally puts into what someone helped pave the road for... instead of wishing for a f*cking solid gold toilet.
  • 1 2
 why waste my time on stupid kids to be honest these shitty parks keep the little rats off my jumps
  • 2 0
 i agree like it wouldnt be hard to fix his jumps just get some better dirt and smoothen some things out, but at our jumps that he made you cant even crash there because if you do it is always stitches or else worse and that is all because he built them out of gravel and used massive rocks it is like riding a DH course
  • 1 0
 atleast u lot in the u.s and canada actualy have something some where! we have no bike parks in wales what so ever!! theres some great dh spots but nothing much as bikeparks so concider urself lucky!
  • 6 3
 I like the 'no afros' sign.
  • 1 0
 The 'no afros' sign is actually the symbol being used for the trail named 'Aflo Daddy'. Afros are welcome as are mullets and fro hawks.
  • 1 1
 all you guys that say that jay hoots's parks suck, go and help the builders maintain and build them so you can do the jumps as you like. stop whining you guys are getting bike parks.
  • 2 3
 Im so sick of you spoiled little snots complaining about crappy bike parks, thing is, most of you who complain about the parks that he builds in your town, probably ride there everyday and never lift a shovel..... just because its pro built, doesnt mean it will last forever without the locals maintaining it... seriouuslly grow up and smarten up you bunch of spoiled little brats... you dont know how to appriciate anything and it makes me sick.
  • 2 2
 And PS... I don't see anyone of you spending your time and efforts organizing legal places to ride your bikes, even if they suck... Personally I dont see anything wrong with this park it looks legit
  • 2 1
 thats cuz you haven't looked.
  • 7 6
 another park added to the collection of crap parks built by Jay. What's the gravel? Just stupid.
  • 4 1
 krys1993 - I believe Jay only designed the Port Coquitlam park, which was a pretty decent design for how little room he was given. Most of the building was done by volunteers, the 'non-gravel' material was given by the city, there is no budget for maintenance, and there are no 'experts' guiding what maintenance there is. The condition of the park has nothing to do with Jay. See Jay's Burnaby park for comparison.
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flag rffr (Jul 25, 2010 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 Dont ride it then krys. In fact, don't ride any of them. Stay away as no one wants you there anyways. People like you don't deserve to ride parks done by volunteers. Instead of you volunterring your own time, you sit here and bitch.
  • 1 0
 @Burker, I didn't really mean that park was crap. It ideas and designs were legit, just the was it was executed was bad. Gravel on Dj? People are gonna get hurt.

@rffr, coincidentally I'm going to one of Jay's parks next week for some work. I'm pitching in.
  • 1 2
 Well good stuff krys. Once you lend a hand... you will earn the right to bitch all you want Smile

Of course stuff looks legit on paper, people forget how hard it is to gain volunteers to help.
  • 1 0
 burker there is a budget for maintenance there is a lock box with shovels rakes a generator and a weed eater and there is currently 2 full time employees working their.
  • 1 3
 God, people will complain about anything..like to see people even come close to doing what he does..alot of times you are allowed to change it if its not perfect,at least that is what they did in fernie,now they have an awesome set of jumps..I say good on ya Jay!
  • 1 0
 The Hinton park Hoots built is so weak. Good for little kids but nothing there for anobody with skills.
  • 2 0
 did anybody chek out the jump at mount trashmore in kitchener ontario they are sweet
  • 4 3
 I see Samjew and his bike!! Good work guys, park looks amazing
  • 1 0
 lol I can see tooo
  • 3 2
 ... im speechless at the time i will spend driving uphere from washington
  • 1 0
 I wish we had some professional bike parks in Ontario!
  • 1 0
 well....gravel doesn't get muddy so u can ride it 360 days a year.... Wink
  • 1 0
 Gravel also gives you mad road rash no matter how you land on it, and pebbles in your hands.
  • 1 0
 That's riding even with good dirt after the rain sets in there's still just as many rocks. Unless you spend even more for to get the rocks out.
  • 1 0
 i agree professor kids will make this park a greater success in the future
  • 2 0
 looks funn if your TEN!
  • 1 1
 jay hoots bike parks r intense like the one he built in 100 mile house is pretty sick
  • 1 0
 willies puddle not pond get it right!!!
  • 1 0
 LOL, sorry... I'll work on it for next time!!
  • 1 0
 when is it open?
  • 1 0
 The grand opening is scheduled for August 8. There will be a downhill race in the legal riding area of Fox mtn. then results and ribbon cutting at the bike park afterward.
  • 1 2
 hey jay why dont you come back and re do south surrey, no one rides it anymore cuz it sucks!
  • 3 0
 Why don't you stop asking for handouts and rebuilt it yourself. No one rides it because you guys are too lazy to redo it yourselves. You have a legal place to ride... stop crying, stop bashing, shut the fuck up and go shovel already. Man you guys are starting to piss me off. Funny because EVERY one of the negative comments I have viewed the posters profile to, has been under 21. The new generation really is a lazy pile of shit. Pathetic.
  • 1 1
 Anyhow, super rad park boys i like to flip jump!! super smooth!!
  • 2 2
 KEEP IT UP JAY!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 2
 Looks like Willies Puddle will be the next Moab or Whistler Big Grin tup
  • 2 3
 looking prity trick Razz
  • 6 9
 Awesome!!! Jay Hoots you're 'da man. Keep up the great work!!
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