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It has been a year of uncertainty and challenges, but that has not stopped the Fremont community from creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation, fun and growth.
The Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District, Fremont Adventure Recreation, and the City of Cañon City announced the ribbon cutting for the area’s first bike skills park – The Yard. Community members, donors, and supporters are encouraged to attend the event on May 5 and 5:30 p.m.
The bike skills park is designed to allow riders to complete loops of a short series of trails, encountering and practicing manmade features – including ramps, jumps, and rollers. In doing so, riders are able to enjoy the features while also progressing their skill level. With trails designed and cut by local trail builders at Terra Firma trails and features built by Progressive Bike Ramps, the park is now ready to welcome mountain bike and BMX riders.
“This location is exceptional for a bike park as it allows connectivity to the Riverwalk and South Cañon Trails,” said FAR project coordinator Brian LeDoux. “It’s on par with bike parks that are being built across the state. This is really an amenity that kids and young-at-heart adults will treasure and put to great use.”
Located at the Eagle Wing Trailhead off of Colburn Lane, The Yard is the culmination of planning, fundraising and collaborative efforts by the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District, The City of Cañon City, and FAR.
“The community support and fundraising efforts have been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging,” said FAR’s Director Brian VanIwarden. “We are extremely grateful to our donors for supporting this project.”
Fundraising efforts by FAR yielded over $14,000, funding over 35% of the total project cost. Additional funding was provided by FAR’s 1% for Trails program, which local businesses support through a donation program.
The skills park (in conjunction with the nearby downhill flow trail – Smooth Criminal) was approved in December of 2019 by the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District – which owns and manages the land in the South Cañon and Schepp Open Space area. Smooth Criminal opened in November 2020 and has been extremely popular.
“The Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District is pleased to partner with both FAR and the City of Cañon City in making this project a reality,” said Kyle Horne, executive director of the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District. “When Walter Schepp donated the land for the South Cañon Trails several years ago, and property was purchased from Summit Brick, there was a vision that it would be used to enhance recreation opportunities in our community. This is just another step in that process. We hope the community enjoys both the beginner and intermediate lines at The Yard.”
Local student Mason Lenard presented the idea to the Rec. District and was an early advocate of the flow trail and bike park concept. The park is open to bicycle traffic only and is not open to motorized riders. Land managers ask that the community please respect this rule as well as closures when trails are muddy. Both of these restrictions help preserve the park and the lifespan of the features.
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