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Hope Bike Park - Coquihalla River Park, BC

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In 2012, the District of Hope put out a Request for Proposal for the Hope Community Recreation - Coquihalla River Park redevelopment with the aim to improve facilities, establish a permanent picnic area, and explore possibility of a bike park to create an exciting venue attracting the local community and visitors to the area.

In 2014, a proposal by Hoots was approved for development of a bike skills park that would support the District’s vision and incorporate a variety of progressive features and components including beginner to advanced pump tracks, skills zone, jump lines and rollers, and beginner-intermediate perimeter trail all winding in and around the trees and undergrowth. Jay worked with the District, stakeholders, Pathway Partners and Friends of Coquihalla to design and build the bike park, together with the community and volunteers.

The Coquihalla – Hope Bike Park opened in June 2015. Located on 2.5 acres of land, the facility hosts 3 pump tracks, a series of progressive jump lines, multi-use trail, skills components and the famous 91m Logzilla log ride, alongside picnic and park amenities. Integrated within the wooded area, the bike park takes advantage of the shade and gentle undulations of the land, engaging folks in the natural setting throughout the space.

Materials were locally sourced and onsite where possible with initial plans to clear the wooded area abandoned in favour of preserving existing trees and undergrowth. This in turn provides for shade and greenery, alongside protection and coverage of the bike park from weathering / sun exposure and reducing maintenance needs.

Check out the Hope Bike Park video link to learn about the collaborative work, community-building and volunteer efforts that helped make the bike park happen, and see riders of all ages and skill levels in action!

(photos courtesy of Hoots & Lee Lau)

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