The Whistler Village Bike Park will get an expansion and upgrades this fall after the municipality received $83,026 in funding from several organizations to make the project a reality.
The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation contributed $40,000 for the project as well as $24,860 from the American Friends of Whistler, $15,366 from Alpine Bike Parks and $2,500 from the B.C. Bike Race.
"The Resort Municipality of Whistler recognizes that the Whistler Village Bike Park adds to Whistler's extensive inventory of cycling opportunities for residents and visitors. Thanks to the generosity and collaboration of several organizations, the Whistler Village Bike Park will receive a much-needed facelift," said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
The park, located near Fitzsimmons Creek, was originally constructed in the mid-1990s. Upgrades will ensure it remains safe and progressive in terms of riding trends.
"The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation's priority is to continue to benefit all residents of the Sea to Sky corridor, focusing on children and youth. The upgrades to the bike park will positively affect a large demographic of our local communities and we are proud to be involved in such a great project," said Mei McCurdy, Executive Director, Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
The Whistler Village Bike Park provides locals and tourists an opportunity to improve skills and gain confidence. The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) currently uses the area for youth programs and clinics, teaching safety, etiquette and technique to cyclists.
Currently the park consists of four zones: a jump track, a pump track, a beginner skills area and an intermediate skills area. Alpine Bike Parks, a design/build company based in Whistler, will install a series of newly engineered FlowForm trail features to give the Whistler Village Bike Park a progressive edge. Improvements include renovations to the beginner skills area and the addition of flow trails.
"We are very grateful to all of the organizations contributing to this project and look forward to having a new bike park that will meet the needs of all levels and ages of riders. The upgraded park will provide our coaches with the perfect practice facility to teach their students new skills and help them progress to the single-track trails," said Louise MacDougall, WORCA director of public relations.