A shot of the graffiti wall art at the bike park in Lower Rossland Tuesday evening.

A shot of the graffiti wall art at the bike park in Lower Rossland Tuesday evening.

The Rossglen bike revamp takes off

New pump track is a terrific way for bikers of all levels to really hone their skills

  • May. 29, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Danielle clarke

Rossland News

Volunteers and organizers of the Rossglen bike park revitalization are beginning the final stages of their preparations for this project.

The group began working on the initial design of the park and secured funds throughout the month of May. The idea to revitalize this park came about due to the lack of use of the current park and the need for something for everyone.

“This new pump track is a terrific way for bikers of all levels to really hone their skills,” said volunteer organizer Ryan Kuhn. The project includes a new pump track and wall ride.

Pump tracks are designed to loop back on themselves so that once the rider gets started, he or she no longer has to pedal.This requires “good bike skills, control…and is a tremendously good workout,” said Kuhn.

The wall ride is a graffiti art project heavily driven by youth that began in early May and was funded by the Youth Action Network. The group organizers will present their plans to council at the next meeting and hope to begin construction by early summer.

At that time, people are encouraged to get involved during the volunteer build days and lend a hand. The dates for this are yet to be announced.

As of now, the group is looking for good quality, clean fill as a base for the track. Any fill with higher clay content will ensure a longer lasting park.

For more information or to donate fill, contact Ryan Kuhn at (250) 231-9343.