Bike skills parks are great places to hone or develop your bike handling skills. They provide a safe, fun environment to ride in and are suitable for all ages, skill levels and all types of bikes. A well designed park allows riders to progress through a variety of features from beginner to advanced levels all within a dynamic self-taught environment.
The future St. Albert Bike Skills Park will provide our youth, families and residents of all ages with an additional free and spontaneous recreational opportunity. The park will serve as a gathering point for our youth and families who enjoy taking part in healthy outdoor activities.
Have Your Say - Mountain Bike Skills Park Proposed Locations November 2013
Open Houses will seek public input before decision on location. The consultation will run until January 24, 2014 and will provide an opportunity for people to give feedback about the possibility of a mountain bike skills park at the proposed locations of Gloucester Park and 43 R Riel Drive.
A variety of input mechanisms will be available for the public, including email, online survey and public open houses.
The consultation period comes following the Sept. 23 Council meeting, during which Council voted to hold two open houses, to present options to the public and seek comprehensive input and feedback on the site selection.
“We really want to have complete and full public engagement on this project,” says Chris Jardine, General Manager of Community and Protective Services, City of St. Albert. “It’s important that citizens are heard and so if anyone has a view, thoughts, or ideas, we’re keen to hear and we’re making it easy for people to share what they want to say.”
Jardine added that the proposed locations have been chosen based on an established set of criteria and will be evaluated after the public consultation. He also noted that, as many people will recall, the City has narrowed it down from an original list of more than 42 sites. Earlier this year one of the proposed sites had been Liberton Park. But feedback from residents told us quite clearly that Liberton was not a preferred location.
The mountain bike skills park is part of City Council’s objective to develop the community, strengthen St. Albert’s social fabric and enhance the safety and health of St. Albert’s families. It will also help build and diversify St. Albert’s economy in partnership with the community and key stakeholders.
Jardine noted that there is strong support for the mountain bike skills park, in spite of previous concerns about location.
The project was initiated through a funding approval from Council following a request from two young St. Albert residents. After funding approval was received, Administration began working with the two individuals who presented to Council. In addition, the Mountain Bike Skills Park Advisory Committee was formed to provide input and to help with public input. The first step was to secure a suitable site.
Jardine said each proposed site has some limitations, but with public input the City can proceed relatively quickly with this project and have a recommendation before City Council in early 2014.
The mountain bike skills park is expected to be place by the end of 2014.
Public input mechanisms are
Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M93VRSC
Public open houses: Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sir George Simpson School
50 Grosvenor Blvd., Lunchroom
Saturday, January 18, 1 – 3 pm
Grandin Clubhouse, 5 Grenfell Avenue
Questions or concerns?
If you have any questions about the proposed Bike Skills Park and location, please contact:City of St. Albert
Community Projects Coordinator
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