The Yard Mountain Bike Park opens in Fremont County – The Know
It has been a year of uncertainty and challenges, but that hasn’t stopped the Fremont community from creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation, fun and growth.
The Cañon City Area Parks and Recreation District, Fremont Adventure Recreation and the Town of Cañon City have announced the ribbon cutting for the area’s first cycling skill park – The Yard. Community members, donors and supporters are encouraged to attend the event on May 5 and 5:30 p.m.
The Bike Skill Park is designed to allow cyclists to complete the loops of a short series of trails, meet and practice man-made features – including ramps, jumps, and rollers. By doing this, runners can take advantage of the features while improving their skill level. With trails designed and cut by local trail builders on Terra Firma Trails and features built by Progressive Bike Ramps, the park is now ready to welcome mountain bikers and BMX riders.
“This location is exceptional for a bike park as it allows connectivity to the Riverwalk and South Cañon trails,” said Brian LeDoux, FAR Project Coordinator. “It’s on par with the bike parks that are being built across the state. It is truly a piece of equipment that children and young adults at heart will appreciate and put to good use. “
Located at the start of the Eagle Wing Trail off Colburn Lane, The Yard is the culmination of planning, fundraising and collaborative efforts by the Cañon City Area Parks and Recreation District, Cañon City City and FAR.
“The community support and fundraising efforts have been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging,” said FAR Director Brian VanIwarden. “We are extremely grateful to our donors for supporting this project.”
FAR fundraising efforts brought in over $ 14,000, financing over 35% of the total cost of the project. Additional funding was provided by FAR’s 1% for Trails program, which local businesses support through a donation program.
The skill park (in conjunction with the nearby downhill trail – Smooth Criminal) was approved in December 2019 by the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District – which owns and manages the land in the South Cañon and Schepp Open Space area. . Smooth Criminal opened in November 2020 and has been extremely popular.
“The Cañon City Zone Recreation and Parks District is pleased to partner with both FAR and the City of Cañon City to make this project a reality,” said Kyle Horne, District Executive Director of recreation and parks of the Cañon City area. “When Walter Schepp donated the land for the South Cañon Trails several years ago and the property was purchased from Summit Brick, there was a vision that it would be used to improve recreational opportunities in our community. This is just another step in this process. We hope the community enjoys both the beginner and intermediate lines of The Yard. “
Local student Mason Lenard presented the idea to Rec. District and was one of the early advocates of the flow path and bicycle park concept. The park is open to bicycle traffic only and is not open to motorcyclists. The land managers ask the community to respect this rule as well as the closures when the trails are muddy. These two restrictions help to preserve the fleet and the life of the elements.