The crew of enthusiasts spearheading the Truckee Bike Park Project promised to deliver several phases of construction to their already spiffy park at the western edge of River View Sports Park.
They weren’t fooling.
The all-volunteer group is holding a fundraising party at Bar of America next Thursday, May 8, after breaking ground on the third phase of the project, which will include a dual slalom course, flow trails, a small cross-country loop and a drop zone featuring a variety of different sized drops.
“It’s pretty exciting. Everything is moving right along,” said Mark Featherstone, one of several members of the Truckee Bike Park Project group.
Through fundraising efforts, sponsorships and cooperation from a trio of entities that own or lease the land, the local group began the project two years ago by carving a dirt pump track out of the woods near the BMX track off of Highway 267. They followed by adding a jump park last summer.
The pump track and accompanying jump park were a hit from Day 1, attracting bikers young and old with their smooth-flowing lines and friendly vibes. Featherstone said the bike park averages about 50 users per day, and is often used for youth birthday parties or other gatherings.
While Phase 3 of construction began this week, the bulk of the work will start next week when the build crew starts pushing dirt around, Featherstone said. They hope to have construction completed by the first week of June.
The project does not end there. Featherstone and company plan to add another dirt jump area below BMX track and more flow trails in the future, while the existing park features will require maintenance.
None of it would be possible without fundraising. The Bar of America fundraising party costs $20 to attend and includes a dinner buffet, raffle, auction and live band — Groove Foundry. The party starts at 6 p.m. and is open to all ages.
For more information, check out the Truckee Bike Park Project’s Facebook page.