Hope's Bike Park - Hope, B.C.

Jun 24, 2015 at 11:18
by Lee Lau  

Located towards the eastern end of the Fraser Valley; the 6,000 person town of Hope, B.C. is the only town in that region without any meaningful number of trails listed on Trailforks or in the Locals' Guide to Fraser Valley Rides (guidebook purchase through Pinkbike). Even after asking local boys like Trailforks' founder Trevor May one does not get a good feel for why this is the case. No meaningful trail network came to be in Hope, unlike in many other small BC towns where trailbuilding grew organically as a wild, unplanned, chaotic volunteer based effort .

The dearth of biking facilities changed officially as of June 20, 2015 when the Hope Bike Park officially opened (official name: Coquihalla River Community Park). Located at Kawkawa Lake Road just next to the Coquihalla campground the bike park is on city-granted land. With 2.5 acres to build, Hoots Inc. managed to incorporate 3 pump tracks, 7 different jump lines (beginner, intermediate, advanced and pro). The area was left wooded so the dirt won't cook in summer and various TTFs including the 91m long Logzilla log ride fir feature. There is water close by so it can be easily maintained. In short, it's a large, perfect location.

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Pathway Partners, volunteers and the Hope Bike Park

Pathway Partners of Hope was the main driver of the Hope Bike Park. Pathway is a volunteer organization backed by the town of Hope working towards "promot[ing] healthy self-propelled living for the residents of Hope and its Visitors" through trails and greenways development. As explained by Pathways' volunteer Stephanie the organization applied for and won a one-time $480,000 BC provincial government made available during the 2012 by-election. Stakeholders and volunteers then put their heads together to brainstorm about what to do with this unexpected windfall. The town of Hope made the city property greenspace available catalyzing other volunteer donations of time and money to create an opportunity for greenspace and trail development amenities to be developed close to the town's urban environment.

Since then there have been subsequent large donations (Regional District: $80,000; Nestle Waters Canada $40,000; Valley Helicopters $10,000 among many donors). Jay Hoots of Hoots Inc. said that it's been a pleasure working with the community, its volunteers and the town of Hope on this project. A key has been that Hoots Inc. was brought in at an early stage to design and plan the park. Early engineering plans to clearcut the greenspace were scrapped and the trees and undergrowth was preserved; which means that the ground hasn't decomposed to sand due to solar and also that subsequent maintenance of the park will be relatively easy.



Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
On the left - Sharon of MTBTrails discussing donating park benches to the Hope Bike Park in memory of her brother. On the right - uber volunteer coordinator Stephanie of Pathway Partners

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
The Hoots crew proud of their work. Front row L to R: Alan, Paul, Ben and Ben. Rear: Jay Hoots

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Initial plan drawings for the Park

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Sign for the park

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
There was substantial volunteer work from Hope locals for the Bike Park. Here are Rick and Kelly

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Provincial and regional fire crews came out to help during down-time while waiting for forest fires

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Volunteer raking of the pumptracks

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
More volunteers congregating to get assignments

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Ben watering the jumps

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Jay on the machine

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Alan on the compactor




The Riding and the lines

We managed to shoot some pictures and video the week before the Hope Bike Park opened, but unfortunately couldn't make the grand opening.

The Bike Park's location is convenient for anyone travelling the TransCanada highway to drop by and take a look. Everyone is welcome to ride the lines. Hope, its community and the volunteers of Hope are to be applauded for such foresight and the vision to allow this rider-designed and rider-built park to come to fruition.



Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Paul on Logzilla

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Ben on one of the many jump lines

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Paul testing his newly raked pumptrack line

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Jay on one of the whalebacks leading to the middle pumptrack

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Alan giving the thumbs up to the advanced jumps

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Alan and Ben testing the dirt pro line

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Alan dropping into the wood booster pro line

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Team approves of the Ben and Alan boost factory

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Alan going for max vert

Hope s Bike Park - Hope B.C.
Ben going head over heels on the booster pro line


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23 Comments

  • + 19
 Finally a better reason to stop in other than buying fuel and peeing. Big thanks to city of Hope and Jay Hoots, he's done awesome things for our sport.
  • + 9
 I wish this existed when I grew up in Hope!
  • + 3
 Stopped by this weekend to check it out, very impressed. It was much larger than I thought.
  • + 5
 Was really impressed with the park when visiting it a few weeks ago. It is a legit park with some serious dirt jumps. Stoked to spend some time down there soon!
  • + 3
 This is so awesome. I was in Seattle checking out Duthie hill park (among other places), and was struck by how great it was. Now Hope has something similar.
  • + 2
 Also the original Rambo movie, First Blood was filmed there, reason enough to visit.
  • + 3
 We were trying to get a scaled replica of the bridge in the park but we couldn't get the funding.
  • + 2
 Love the place, now I have an excuse to visit!
  • + 1
 Glad Hope is getting some love.
  • + 1
 i took a ride out there to hit the jumps and its so sick
  • + 1
 looks cool definitely stoping by
  • + 1
 it is pretty amazing how is the mountain bike community in BC!
  • + 1
 I checked this out last week and it's awesome. Great work Hope!
  • + 1
 really cool!!
  • - 2
 Please cut it out with the gravel Hoots. Nobody like bailing down the landing on that. Otherwise, looks great!
  • + 8
 The gravel was not our (Hoots Inc.) choice, ultimately we have to produce what our clients and contractors want and the choice of gravel was made from higher ups in the effort to extend the ridability of the park into the winter seasons. After working on the park through last winter, seeing both what the weather and the user groups were doing to the park, hardening the surfaces is the smartest decision in the long run as well because hey, people really like to ride jumps in the wet apparently!
  • + 0
 The gravel looked totally fine to me when there awhile ago. Apparently it's riding fine as well...
  • + 0
 That's fine and all, I just want to voice my displeasure with gravel as a top surface. If you've ever bailed at the burnaby mountain skills park you will know my pain.
  • + 1
 ^^^ damn the barnet bike park gravel is pure torture if you fall @Terrafire
  • + 2
 i agree with the gravel tho it is really slidey
  • + 1
 I did happen to fall on the gravel both at Burnaby Mountain as well as here and guess what...it wasn't that bad! Got up and brushed myself off and kept riding. Except for this one time at the Hope park, I shattered my collar bone jumping and then continued to heavy hit that place together one handed. Just be happy theres no dead bodies in the landings of anything...
  • + 1
 ya I now but we could not see any bodies threw all that gravel lol Smile

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