Support the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado

Aug 4, 2008 at 17:41
by The Fix Bikes  

The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA) and the city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce the launch of a fund-raising campaign to support the development of Valmont Bike Park. The 45-acre bicycle park is a significant component of the development plan for Valmont City Park, which was adopted earlier this year by the Boulder City Council.

Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance launches fund-raising campaign to build 45-acre bike park in Boulder, Colorado. www.valmontbikepark.com

The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA) and the city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to support the development of Valmont Bike Park. The 45-acre bicycle park is a significant component of the development plan for Valmont City Park, which was adopted earlier this year by the Boulder City Council.

The city of Boulder purchased the 132-acre Valmont site in 1995 with sales tax revenue, and plans are now set for Phase One development that will begin in 2009. The bike park is currently included in the Phase One development, along with the development of a dog park, the adaptive re-use of an historic farmhouse, parking, a disc golf course, infrastructure and utilities improvements.

Bike Park

The Parks and Recreation Department and BMA have entered into a public-private partnership to develop a portion of the city-owned land into a bike park. The venue will encompass a network of singletrack mountain bike trails, a permanent cyclo-cross course, a children’s skills area, a pump track, amenities for BMX and other facilities to suit beginning to experienced athletes. The park’s Front Range setting and terrain will provide an impressive backdrop for daily riding, learning and teaching. The bike park design will accommodate programming, ranging from youth cycling development programs to world-class bicycle racing. Boulder is the unofficial bike capital of the USA, and this facility will proudly represent the city and its cycling community, setting a high standard for cycling parks worldwide.

Timeline

The Parks and Recreation Department has allocated funds for planning and construction for Phase One of development. Design professionals and trail designers are currently being interviewed, with the goal of finalizing the bike park design later this year or early 2009. Construction of the facility is slated for April 2009 with an anticipated goal of completion of the bike park by later that summer.

Funding and Partnership

The city has provided the land for Valmont Bike Park, as well as funds for planning and construction. BMA has entered into a partnership with the city to provide design input, raise funds, build community awareness, and manage and maintain the site when completed. While funding is in place for much of the anticipated construction costs, there is not enough capital funding to provide for all of the proposed facilities and park features. Hence, BMA is working to raise $500,000 through grants, private donations and corporate sponsorships to help supplement the construction budget. These additional funds will allow cycling enthusiasts to enjoy a truly extraordinary, premiere outdoor cycling venue in Boulder.

How to help

Members of the cycling community are encouraged to contribute to the development of this unique world-class cycling facility. More than 10 years in the making, the Valmont Bike Park is a dream that will become a reality for cycling enthusiasts. This unique and exciting facility, which will be designed and managed by cyclists, needs the cycling community’s financial support at this critical stage of development.

Contributing is easy at www.valmontbikepark.com

Contact

Bobby Noyes
Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA) - Valmont Bike Park Director
303-402-0190 or bobby@rockymounts.com
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26 Comments

  • + 21
 this should be sick. its awesome to see that DH/FR is growing everywhere.
  • + 10
 yer i reckon too bad australia is too shit for that mad stuff
  • + 12
 Love to see that cities are finally accepting the fact that bikers are just too damn rowdy to be ignored. The need to learn to accept that, and build us things to ride..
  • + 1
 Yeah. for how long they ignored us? hmm... too long. Make it a good example for other cities to copy and we all rejoice Big Grin
  • + 3
 Oh man... Big Thanks to Bobby Noyes!! He can be found at alot of the local Boulder races.....somewhere behind the Torrances.
  • + 1
 Smile I'm fortunate to have a nice bike park in my city where it is rich of single track aggro XC and some very well built ladder bridges/gaps and jumps for freeriders including 6 and 10 foot drops that my bike could handle but i don't think i will subject it to right this minute. Wink The aformentioned park sounds killer and I hope to visit the Western side of Canada one day as I am on the Eastern coast.
  • + 1
 we cant the UK funnel money in bike parks rather than just trails!
big news that fort bill is adding another line. wow... :/
  • + 0
 lol - we kinda need some more stuff around london - FORT BILL IS BLOODY MILES AWAY
  • + 3
 Nice! Now if Ft. Collins, CO would just get on the wagon.
  • + 2
 Best of luck with the trails. Hope it's a massive success, I'm sure it will be. Big props to everyone involved Salute
  • + 1
 It's about time something like this happened in the Denver area. There are so many riders waiting for something like this. Open Space almost makes it impossible.
  • + 4
 I support it!
  • + 3
 This should be sick!!!Smile
  • + 0
 This will be so sick once its complete. Boulder has a few nice dirt jump courses, but now that this will be constructed, I'll practically be living here!
  • + 1
 Hell yah, good thing this will get built before I am done with school at Boulder!
  • + 0
 looks exactly like that gay bullshit out at lory state park..... which is a perfect example of how not to do something. Hopefully this park will be much much better.
  • + 1
 a track big like that, yeah man! =)
  • + 1
 anywhere in ontario would be good enough for me
  • + 1
 upstate NY could use something like this too
  • + 1
 You don't have the per capita cyclists that Boulder does...
  • + 0
 AMEN cchowe! upstate NY is kinda slow with the dh/freeriding scene, and after living here a long time ive noticed that there are alot of eligible spotsin the area.
  • + 1
 Nice! We need something to ride like this close to Denver
  • + 1
 sick, moving to boulder in the nick of time!! woo
  • - 1
 They should make on of these in montreal, QC wevew got plenty of space to spare
  • - 1
 Valmont, BRING IT! Look at me, I just made a new comment!
  • + 3
 shut up.

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