Westsyde residents can tune up their bikes this winter in anticipation of a new bike track to be built in Centennial Park next year.
Council has unanimously supported building a bike track in passive green space in the park at a cost of $8,000.
It will be constructed in the spring and is expected to be operational by summer.
City parks manager Jeff Putnam explained the all-ages bike circuit will be dirt-based and include manmade berms and corners, as well as small jumps. It will differ from a former BMX track on McArthur Island in that the corners will not be as steep.
“Basically, it’s a great way to learn to ride a BMX bike or mountain bike,” Putnam said.
Similar city facilities are located in Dufferin and beside the skateboard park in Rayleigh. The Kamloops Bike Ranch in Juniper also has circuit, but it is not managed by the city.
“They seem to be gaining popularity, just like skateboard parks were 20 years ago,” Putnam said.
The track comes at the request of the Westsyde Neighbourhood Association, which will pitch in the dirt for the project. Funding for the project will come out of the city’s $75,000 annual parks capital upgrade fund in 2020.
Putnam said the city receives many requests for parks in different neighbourhoods and it considers them on a case-by-case basis, depending on costs, feasibility and support from the city’s parks master plan.
The most popular requests are for dog and water parks. Putnam said dog ownership appears to be on the rise in Kamloops. Areas of the city that have requested such facilities are in the east end: Valleyview, Barnhartvale and Dallas.
“I’m probably dealing with more requests for dog-related parks than human,” Putnam said.
A dog park could be eyed as part of Geneva Park in Valleyview, Putnam said, a river-front park pitched as part of the Orchard’s Walk development.
More on that, he said, could come as early as the new year.