|Council gives go ahead to partnership agreement for new Bike Park||November 1, 2011|
Island 22 Bike Park
Chilliwack, BC – Chilliwack and Fraser Valley bike enthusiasts may be excited to learn of the City of Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Regional District plans to move forward with a proposed regional bike park. Today, Chilliwack Council gave staff the required approval to proceed with a partnership agreement between the City and the FVRD for the design and construction of a regional bike park facility at Island 22.
“Staff has been working diligently to find a suitable location for a new bike park since the City had to remove the dirt bike jumps at Webb Avenue and Sheffield Way, last year,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “We are satisfied that the new location and partnership with the FVRD address the safety and liability concerns and will result in a facility of which we can be proud.”
Details of the proposal for the new regional facility include: the City leading the design process and providing $200,000 in capital funding for construction. The FVRD will provide annual maintenance and on site supervision. Once the proposal is approved by the FVRD, consultation with bike park stakeholders will occur this winter and into early 2012. Construction of the bike park is expected to begin next spring.
Components of the proposed Island 22 Regional Bike Park include, bike jumps, skills and trails. To complement the bike park on the north side, bike skill components will be added to the new skateboard facility soon to be constructed on the south side of Chilliwack in the Webster block park.
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