For Immediate Release 4-15-2011
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
In Boulder, Colorado, construction on Valmont Bike Park is entering its final phase. The Parks and Recreation Department plans to unveil the facility with a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 11. Details and plans for the grand opening event will be released in May. No public access to the park will be available before the grand opening date.
Get a detailed look at the park by clicking the attachment at the bottom of this page.
The park was developed with the support and partnership of IMBA and the local cycling community, particulalrly the IMBA-affiliated Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA). Other organizations, such as the PLAY Boulder Parks Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado, made significant contributions as well. The 40-acre property will feature amenities for a wide range of riding styles and skill levels. Features include a cyclocross course, pump track, dual slalom lines and a slopestyle course. The park also includes cross-country trails, skill-building areas, a toddler playground, an event plaza, restrooms and parking.
IMBA played a vital role in developing the park, logging nearly 5 years of work on the project. IMBA’s Trail Solutions staff led the design work, with Alpine Bike Parks in charge of building the park’s main cycling features.
“Cyclists from around the nation will be totally floored by what they see,” said IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “Based on its many options for riding natural-surface trails, the diversity of both technical and non-technical features and the outstanding quality of the build, Valmont will be among the top venues in the country for this style of biking when it opens.”
Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department is rightly proud of the project. “We are very excited to announce the opening of this flagship park on June 11,” said Kirk W. Kincannon, the department’s director. “We invested in a collaborative partnership with BMA and the off-road cycling community to design and build this portion of Valmont City Park. As a result, we’ve built a park worthy of our internationally-recognized athletic community—one that will be a daily asset to kids, families, local riders and businesses and also attract events and riders from all over the country and the world.”
To date, BMA and the cycling community have helped the city raise nearly $500,000 in alternative funding from donations, sponsorships and grants. More than $100,000 was from individual and small business donations. Two grants totaling $245,000 have been received from the State of Colorado’s “Great Outdoors Colorado” program. The remainder was from other grants, foundations and sponsorships.
The Parks and Recreation Department is hoping to raise an additional $250,000 in sponsorships and funding over the next 18 months to help with ongoing maintenance, educational programming and other needs. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities or serving as park volunteers are encouraged to contact Mike Eubank at 303-413-7226 or EubankM [at] bouldercolorado [dot] gov.