After 100 days of activity the Valmont Bike Park continues to expand its programming and events calendar. Two bike events and more to come have helped identify the long-term adjustment and the viability of the park.
“If you look at where we are after 100 days we have really dun a lot to understand what these 40–archers mean and what it takes to keep them up,” said Mike Eubank, Project manager for the Valmont bike park.
Eubank was contracted by the city to aid with the shift from construction to the program and event phase of the park. Like any new business there is a learning curve.
“Any city can open up a pool or a tennis court. There are standard rules and regulations that any park director can pull out of any manual,” said Eubank. “But for a bike park this large we are setting the precedence. We really need some discovery period to determine what those issues are.”
School groups and training clinics are common and welcome at the park. Permits are available to the for profit groups to offset their usage by volunteering their time or a payment.
“Especially if they are charging a fee, then we ask them to give us a small permit fee for the use of the park,” said Eubanks. “For example, a group who uses the park on a weekly basis and charges a fee would be asked to purchase a permit for their usage.”
To date there were two main bike events that tested the event model of the park: Bike fest back in August and Boulder Racing’s cyclecross race 1. Future park events include The Boulder Cup Cyclecross race October 30th, Bike Demo day, and Take a Kid Mountain Biking day, both on October 1.
Since its debut in 2006 the Boulder Cup changed locations five times. In July the organizers did not have a venue for the race until their application was approved for the bike park.
“Hopefully we have found a permanent place for the race and we can focus on making it better each year and enhancing the venue and the experience for anyone who comes to check it out,” said Chris Grealish, DBC Events Race director. (Moving)“It was not conducive to getting sponsors and building a fan base. Just All that uncertainty… now with this new venue, if it’s well received, we are going to take off from here,” said Grealish.
“The next year will show if the work paid off, the main goal is to keep the facilities, new, fresh, safe and reliable for everyone that comes to use the park,” Said Eubank. The newness of the bike park has calmed down but the interest has not. According to park staff there are people at the park from sunup to sundown.
“We just opened and we have costs such as, the sprinklers, materials, tools and staffing; were trying to get a baseline. We still don’t fully understand or have tapped our resources.”
Contact the Valmont Park for an updated calendar of events; Volunteers are always welcome.