The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), leveraging support from partners, is going ahead with an $83,000 improvement to the Whistler Village Bike Park, the small bike skills park between the Day Lot 3 and the skateboard park.
"The RMOW recognizes that the Whistler Village Bike Park adds to Whistler's extensive inventory of cycling opportunities for residents and visitors," said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. "Thanks to the generosity and collaboration of several organizations, the Whistler Village Bike Park will receive a much-needed facelift."
The area was originally developed in the mid-1990s as a kind of trials-park, using wood reclaimed from the municipal works yard. It's undergone several upgrades since then to add features, replace aging wood stunts and make it safer for riders — many of them younger kids learning to mountain bike. The proposed upgrade will be progressive, with features that represent the current state of riding on local trails.
The $83,000 includes $40,000 from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, $24,860 from the American Friends of Whistler, $15,366 from Alpine Bike Parks and $2,500 from the BC Bike Race.
The bike park area consists of four areas — a dirt jump park, a pump track, the beginner level park and an intermediate park a little further to the north along a trail that connects the areas. The dirt jump community generally takes care of the dirt jumps and pump track, while the municipality manages the skills areas.
The upgraded beginner-level park will include several FlowForm trail features designed by Alpine Bike Parks — a design/build company based in Whistler.
"FlowForm features are engineered bicycle playground structures that will bring bike parks up to the level of professional design common in traditional playgrounds and other public amenities," said Judd de Vall, founder of Alpine Bike Parks. "Our goal is to provide recreation managers with a clearly superior bike park product that is popular with riders, aesthetically beautiful and extremely durable."
The area is used by a number of camps and clinics in Whistler, including WORCA's youth dirt camps and Whistler Blackcomb's DFX camps.