|Your Valmont Bike Park Donations At Work
Next Generation of Bike Park Plans Now Online
time to get excited!
Detailed plans for Valmont Bike Park are now online, and you
really have to see them to believe it - the Park designers have
pulled out all the stops to dream up an amazing park, and you can clearly see
their vision in these next generation site plans. The current plans including site maps marking feature locations and detailed drawings for
individual features, but expect changes as additional design details are still being developed for the final package to guide the construction effort. Current plans include
cyclocross sandpits and staircases, wall rides, banked turns, rollers and
tabletops, log rides... everything you need to visualize Valmont Bike Park in
Kudos go out to the team of designers from Alpine Bike Parks, IMBA, and Alta Planning & Design for their dedication
to VBP. As far as we know, no trail builders in the nation have ever had to adhere to this level of detail. It is a big
learning curve, but this is a big civil engineering project. The level of detail is necessary for proper
bid and build without tons of change orders to the project. We can't thank Alpine Bike Parks enough for
making their vision available to the rest of us.
Site Grading in September and October
First steps toward building Valmont Bike Park
Expect to see dirt moving around at Valmont Bike Park! The first step in making VBP a biking heaven
is to move a lot of dirt, shaping it into hills and features which will then hold
the trails and landscaping. The City has taken a very proactive step by
creating a separate permit for the grading work at the park, so that this
important first step can happen as soon as possible.
Valmont Bike Park Fundraising Hits $366K
One more time, thank you donors!
REI Grant Helps Fund VBP
$10,000 grant due to REI employees
REI employees work, play and volunteer in their communities.
Because of this close relationship with the community, REI asks their employees
to nominate non-profit organizations for REI grants. The Valmont Bike Park was nominated by the
REI Boulder Store and we applied for funding this spring.
We are pleased to report that our grant request was approved
and recently funded. Valmont Bike Park
received $10,000 from REI to support trail construction and also ongoing
maintenance. Some of these funds will be
used for the purchase of hand tools and equipment that will be stored on-site
and used by volunteers.
REI has been a long-time supporter of outdoor recreation and
BMA. In fact, the 'REI Gives' Program
has even provided a major grant for BMA's Volunteer Trail Work Program. Thanks
REI for your support!
Groundbreaking Party and CX Race
October 17th at Valmont Bike Park!
Cyclocross Super Cup, 1998 - the last time a CX race was held at Valmont!
On October 17th, the VBP Committee and Boulder
Parks and Recreation will host a groundbreaking event and party at the Park in
conjunction with a cyclocross race.
Details are pending, but hundreds of racers and spectators will be there
to help us inaugurate the Park. The race
will take place on temporary trails and under very unfinished conditions - the
park and trail will not be indicative of the final product. However, this is a great opportunity to get
VBP started, so that you, our donors, can see what the Park is like now and get
ready for its transformation in 2010.
Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for details.
From the Valmont Bike Park Committee
Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join you in supporting Valmont Bike Park with a donation!
Be sure to check out the donor list to see who's donated so far.
Construction Fundraising Drive Ends October 17th
Thanks again for all your contributions to Valmont Bike
Park! Through a combination of individual donations, company donations, and large
grants, the monies raised up to this point have increased the amount budgeted for construction of "bike features"
by almost 50%!
That means more trails, wall rides, pump tracks, and other great bike
features to make VBP the best it can be.
After October 17th, we will be shifting fundraising
gears from "construction" to "programming", meaning ongoing activities at the
Park. Once VBP has been built, there
will be maintenance, community-building activities, races, skills clinics, you
name it - all kinds of programs and ongoing activities that will make VBP the
urban cycling hub of Boulder. Raising
funds for these activities will keep VBP vital and grow the cycling community
VBP in the Denver Post
Valmont Bike Park was featured prominently in a front-page Denver Post story on August 4, 2009. The
article talked about how VBP is one of many bike parks popping up on the Front
Range, and how these parks are "bringing the backcountry or action sports
experience to the front country".
Vetting of Trail Builders
It takes a village... or a lot of subcontractors
Valmont City Park is a big city park project that will be
led by a general contractor with a lot of subcontractors - landscaping,
concrete work, etc. We are now one step
closer to taking care of the subcontractor we care about the most, the Trail
On August 9th the
VBP Committee and Parks and Recreation staff met to develop a short list of
pre-qualified Trail Builder subcontractors.
This list will be passed to the general contractor for final selection;
pre-qualification of the general contractor will start soon.