After months of cooperative development between community leaders and the Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD), a new bike pump track will celebrate its grand opening in Wildwood Park tomorrow, Saturday October 10th starting at 10am.
The park is a long-sought solution for the overcrowding that developed at the Humboldt Ave skate park. Built for skateboarders, it grew into a popular hangout for daredevil cyclists as well, which can result in dangerous collisions. Despite increased security and reduced trouble as of late, the new Wildwood Park Pump Track means both skaters and bikers have their own places to play.
The CARD board unanimously approved the park in November after local bike riders including Pro BMX athlete Kyle Warner promised to cover more than half the cost. CARD was able to transfer just over $9000 to the track project that otherwise would've gone towards installing security cameras at the Humboldt skate park. The other half of the projected $21,150 it cost to build the park was paid by local riders and community members, who also contributed their time and effort to largely build the park themselves.
The pump track is located at the north end of Wildwood Park and offers both a simple course for beginners and a more complex advanced course for older, more skilled riders.
Co-developer Kyle Warner envisions the park as place for young and old alike to enjoy, and to learn the fundamentals of body balance and weight shifting that pump tracks naturally teach.
The grand opening is a free event with booths setup for many local bike businesses including Greenline Bicycles and Chico Velo. There will also be exciting demonstrations and free-rides for everyone who wants to bring their bike down and join the festivities.
Wildwood Park is located at 100 Wildwood Ave.
Visit the CARD website for more information: Wildwood Park Pump Track