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 Fall of 2014 or Spring of 2015 depending on he permit approvals.
Phase Two will be the construction of the BMX track and associated improvements in 2015.
Phase Three will be the construction of the slope style courses in the Fall of 2015 or spring of 2016.
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.
However, since then there have been many changes in staff and council members at the City, along with a Recreation Master Plan conducted that needed to identify 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.
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 designed and built last fall.
It is now 2014 and we have the support of the City of South Lake Tahoe. On August 5th the City Council voted to allocate $100,000 toward the project! Although the City has adopted the project and agreed to help fund it there is still a lot of work ahead. We have resubmitted plans into the City for Planning and Design Review Approval next will be TRPA permits and funding will be available with the 2015 City budget adopted in September.
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.