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New bike skills park slated for southwest Calgary

For Calgary bikers looking for a little more adventure, a number of partners have teamed up to build a wheelie fun new park.

Parks Foundation Calgary and the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance have begun preparations for a two-acre bike skills park for South Glenmore Park, directly west of the sailing club. The area is right along the Rotary / Mattamy Greenway in southwest Calgary.

The park is being added due to the overwhelming popularity of the previously-built bike skills parks in Chestermere and Fish Creek Park and will cover roughly two football fields and have terrain that’s suitable for all ages and skill levels.

“This park will give families a unique space to practice their skills, whether it be a new or experienced rider,” said Sheila Taylor, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary.

“It’s also located on the Rotary/Mattamy Pathway so it will be a fun destination Calgarians can cycle to and play.”

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019, with an opening date slated for the summer. Once open, the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance will help maintain the park space.

Example of terrain on the bike skills park planned for South Glenmore Park in Calgary. CONTRIBUTED

“The South Glenmore Bike Skills Park will be free to use, so we are ecstatic about this project coming to life,” said David Mills, Executive Director of the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance.

“We are very grateful to the City of Calgary and Parks Foundation Calgary for their support.”

The Alberta government and Mountain Equipment Coop are major donors with other contributions coming in from the community.

The fundraising for the park is ongoing and information on making a donation can be made by visiting parksfdn.com.