REDMOND, OR -- Redmond city officials are considering creating a new bike park. Annie McVay, Redmond’s Parks Division Manager, says the idea stems from a unique visit by a group of kids. "At City Council, just a few months ago, we had a group of about maybe 15 12-year-old boys ride their bikes to City Council to let them know that they have nowhere to ride."
McVay acknowledges there are paved trails around town, like in the Dry Canyon, where bikes are welcome, but a new bike park could feature things like a "pump track," with dirt berms and mounds. The city has been working on a Parks Master Plan for several months, but McVay says it’s tough to get feedback from younger residents. "Obviously that demographic isn’t going to come to a community meeting or know to fill out a survey." But, she tells KBND News, their City Council visit made quite an impact. "It was a really great moment, actually. It was very positive. They all rode their bikes and, there’s a big window at City Council, so you can kind of see them ride up and get off their bikes."
Planners hope residents will bring ideas for a dedicated bike park to an open house, next week. The American Ramp Company will be on hand, offering residents a look at sample designs and themes. The open house begins at 5 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5), at Redmond's City Hall.