COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Young bicyclists now have three acres dedicated to helping them develop confidence and competence. A new youth bike park, adjacent to Hillside Community Center, includes a street skills course along with a mountain bike skills and obstacle course.
“The kids at Hillside Community Center are so excited! Knowing this is the first of its kind in Colorado Springs is very special for them,” said Joan Clemons, Hillside Community Center director. “Local kids have participated in planning for the park and eagerly watched the construction process.”
Programming for the bike park will be provided by local non-profit Kids on Bikes. The public and media are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony:
WHAT: Grand opening of the youth bike park at Fountain Park
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fountain Park, adjacent to the Hillside Community Center
WHO: Mayor John Suthers, Parks Director Karen Palus, El Pomar Foundation CEO William Hybl, Hillside Community Center staff and youth
This is one of several projects made possible in part by a Great Outdoors Colorado (COCO) grant and Generation Wild Initiative which aims to connect families with the great outdoors. The total cost of the bike park is approximately $240,000.
Several community partners have worked to make the bike park a reality, including Colorado Springs Health Foundation. A $60,000 donation by the El Pomar Foundation last spring helped launch construction.
“This park is a tremendous addition to southeast Colorado Springs, promoting excellence and participation while connecting kids with the great outdoors,” said Wiliam J. Hybl, El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO. “The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation are pleased to support the youth bike park.”