Where families ride together, riders progress, and the community gathers.
A Bike Skills Park is an off-road cycling facility that provides fun for all ages and skill levels. It provides a number of elements that Anacortes mountain bikers have been asking for for years.
In the last 6 years we’ve looked at a number of properties with the Anacortes Parks Department. Each has taken time to work through whether we could do a park at that location. We are currently working through the approval process to develop a park at the old city dump site just off of trail 10 at the A Ave trailhead.
We have a dream list of features for a park depending on how much space can be accessed in consideration of wetlands buffers and mitigation. We’ve put together a conceptual list with descriptions that you can read here: Anacortes Bike Park Concept and Key
- A dirt pumptrack
- Beginner xc trail with optional skills development features
- Progressive Drops
- Progressive Jumps
- Flow and Slopestyle trails
- Technical Challenge Zone
- Gathering area for education programs and groups like the Anacortes Mountain Bike Team.
For some examples of other bike parks check out:
The role of Fidalgo Trail Riders:
As bike parks have become more common across North America it has largely been due to the involvement of non-profit advocacy groups. The IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) has played a large role in helping legitimize public bike parks. At this point there are two types of city bike parks: 1. Contractor built and volunteer maintained, or 2. Volunteer built and maintained. Either way most of the parks operate with a Memorum of Agreement between the city and a non-profit club like Fidalgo Trail Riders. FTR organized in 2013 as a chapter of the IMBA and is prepared to help develop and sustain a bike park in any way we can. We exist to help create, maintain, and preserve great mountain biking facilities for Fidalgo Island mountain bikers. This includes providing a volunteer labor force for maintenance as ACFL trail use grows alongside the booming interest in recreating outdoors.