On Wednesday July 15th construction will start on the Bijou Bike Park. The City of South Lake Tahoe is leading the build with their full time crew operating the equipment, moving dirt, clearing the site and making utility connections. The City has also entered into a formal contract with Elite Trax / Pump Trax USA to lead the build of the bike park elements - Alex Fowler will be the pro builder from their team on the project every day until completion. This is the same company that has built the 2008 and 2012 Olympic BMX tracks and currently building the 2016 Olympic track in Rio. We will hold volunteer work days on the weekends to shape jumps, berms and other features. Pre-built features (jumps, walls rides, etc) made of metal frame and wood are being ordered and will be installed on the slope style lines. This is really happening! We will have a bike park built by Labor Day weekend 2015. Please thank your City Council members and City staff for making this happen. For more information or to get involved, email Ben at info (at) tamba.org
The Bijou Bike Park will be comprised of two main elements, first is the relocation of the BMX track and second is the introduction of a mountain bike skills park. The bike park is approximately 4 acres in size for both elements and located right near the playground in Bijou Park on Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The bike park will 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.
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. An unused 4 acre piece of land within 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.
The bike park was put on hold by City staff until the Recreation Master
Plan was completed and identified the bike park as a priority project.
In the meantime we have drawn up professional plans showing the locations and details of proposed elements, have formed a 501c3 nonprofit organization and secured permits from the City of South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). All this work was done for free by Ben Fish, Design Workshop and others at a cost savings to the City of over $100,000.
We have the support from City staff and City Council. On August 5, 2014 City Council voted to allocated $100,000 towards the construction of the project, then on March 3, 2015 City Council voted to enter a partnership with our non profit organization to build, operate and insure the bike park.
We will continue to look for grants opportunities, donations and volunteers to make the park bike a world class facility in a world class setting, please help us out!
Construction starts Wednesday July 15th with pro builder Alex Fowler from Elite Trax/PumpTrax USA leading a team of City staff to build shape and layout the bike park! Construction is expected to be complete by late-August