Rotary Bike Park, Brantford, ON


In 2016, Hoots Ltd. was called on by the Brant Cycling Club for the planning, design and construction of a bike skills park that would appeal to riders of all ages and abilities from novice to advanced-expert. Formed in 2014, the Club was founded on the desire to support bicycling activity and bring a bike park to the Brantford community. Following several dedicated years of outreach, fundraising and meetings with the City and local authorities, a site was selected with plans moving forward to develop a facility.

Public engagement and a design workshop hosted by the Club in collaboration with Jay were held in summer 2017 with close to 100 people attending and representing local riders, park users, youth, parents and residents, alongside City Staff and local organizations. Input and ideas towards the bike facility were shared, as well as concerns regarding the park and impact to the environment. In turn this relevant public input shaped the development of the Bike Park in providing a positive community recreation facility that integrated well with Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park and natural environment, made use of local resources and natural materials, and supported / expanded upon existing multi-use trails with benefits to all user groups.

Overcoming construction delays from wet weather, Hoots Ltd. completed the Bike Skills Park in fall 2017 with support from local business, sponsorship and in-kind donations, alongside assistance from the Club, community and enthusiastic volunteers. The Club is currently working on plans for phase 2 development in 2018 that will include further wood skills features and completion of the advanced / expert jump line.

Check out these awesome clips with volunteers test riding and shredding the jumpsJay cruising the pump track with some key tips; and local media coverage leading up to completion of this exciting new facility!

(drone shot courtesy of R. Weaver / Brant Cycling Club)

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