On March 3, 2015 the South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously approved entering a partnership with our volunteer group to build and operate the Bijou Bike Park as a City facility. "This is the most respectful and informed public involvement I've seen," said Mayor Hal Cole. The out pouring of community support in the 24 hours leading up to the vote really helped show the need for this project and the passion behind it. Thank you all for standing up to speak! The approval of the project is still tied to a few more hoops with permitting, liability agreements, and bidding/construction requirements. We’ll be working with City staff and a Council subcommittee to hammer out the details and still planning for construction this year. Please visit our contact page to get involved. Thanks! Ben
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.
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 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.
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 some funds to help build the first phase pump track.
Almost 4 years later we have seen Truckee build a hugely successful bike park along with many other communities all-around the country.
It is now 2015 and we have the support of the City of South Lake Tahoe. On August 5 2014, the City Council voted to allocate $100,000 toward the project!
We will continue to look for grants opportunities, donations and volunteers, please help us out!
We are currently refining the design and securing permits for the project from the City of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Additional funding is needed and we are applying for new grants and looking for contributions and donations to fill the funding gap. We are talking with contractors and bike park builders to make a world class facility.