The Bijou Bike Park will be comprised of two main elements, first would be the relocation of the BMX track and second would be the introduction of a mountain bike skills park. In total the proposed land area would be approximately 4 acres in size for both elements. The bike park is intended to be a hub of activity and also serve as a trail head with information kiosks and signs that would have maps of local trails, resources, and safety measures outlined.
Phase One will be the construction of the pump track and kids skill zone in the summer of 2014.
Phase Two will be the construction of the BMX track and associated improvements in 2014.
Phase Three will be the construction of the slope style courses in 2015.
In the spring of 2011 a group of mountain bikers from TAMBA and the South Lake Tahoe BMX formally proposed the bike park to the City of South Lake Tahoe. Initially it was received with open arms by the City of South Lake Tahoe. An unused 4 acre piece of land in Bijou Park was decided to be the best place for the bike park. We moved forward drawing up plans and raising funds in hopes of building a small first phase pump track by 2012.
However, since then there have been many changes in staff at the City and generally a hesitant attitude allowing our non-profit to build a bike park on City land despite enthusiastic community support. We have drawn up professional plans showing the locations and details of proposed elements, have formed a 501c3 nonprofit organization and secured funds to build the first phase pump track.
Three years later we have seen Truckee build a hugely successful bike park along with many other communities all around the country, including a stellar set of pump tracks in nearby Gardnerville design and built last fall.
It is now 2014 and we are still pushing forward to make the Bijou Bike Park a reality. Our determination is stronger than ever!
After many years of drawing up plans and attending countless meetings we finally thought we would be able to build the pump track in 2013. We even got a big pile of dirt delivered on site to sculpt. Then we were told by the City that the project needed to be included in the South Lake Tahoe Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan that is currently being conducted.
Over the fall and winter of 2013 we have rallied the community to voice their support for the Bike Park and it is being included as a top priority in the upcoming Rec Master Plan. Once the Master Plan is complete in the summer of 2014 we will then be able to get City Council approval along with the final permits and agreements. It’s been an arduous task to get a bike park built, but we’re making it happen and jumping through whatever hoops are thrown at us!