Monday, August 29, 2016

Pincher Creek Town Council approves $20,000 for bike park upgrades

Toni Lucas - At their regular meeting of Monday, August 22 Council for the Town of Pincher Creek decided to approve funding up to $20,000.00 for upgrades to the bike park, which is located behind the Memorial Community Centre, with matching funds to come from the general sports fields shared reserve fund if required. Town Recreation Manager Adam Grose was in attendance at the meeting and said three priorities have been identified for upgrades to the bike park, including a pump track in the northeast corner to bring that part from a beginner to an intermediate user track, a jump line, and a perimeter pathway.

Grose told council "It's really well used for young families, I find. That's the reason we want to upgrade the middle line on that bike track. It was definitely too advanced. When it was built, there was about a dozen really good riders that were using it, that could ride it. Now I'd say we are down to maybe three in town who could ride it."

Grose suggested the renovations to be contracted out, as Town Operations staff do not necessarily know the requirements of a bike track. Backcountry Trail Experts have been working in the Crowsnest Pass area and have have provided the Town with an estimate of $8850 plus GST to complete the Pump Track, and $5900 plus GST to complete the main jump line.

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