On Saturday, October 30, an estimated 300 people gathered under blue skies to inaugurate and ride Golden Bike Park. Mayor Jacob Smith, followed by several kids, rode a Yeti through red tape to officially open the downhill flow trail after speaking of his support for a cycling-friendly community.
Golden Bike Park was more than two years in the making and represents a major success for mountain biking in the 303 area. It contains the first purpose-built, mountain-bike-only trails in Golden. Golden Bike Park precedes the completion of Boulder's Valmont Park and has inspired increased interest from the city of Denver in building its own urban riding destination.
Ride options include a downhill flow trail, bi-directional access trail, skills area and beginner pump track and the nearby three-mile Fairmount trail. The gravity-fed flow park features rollers, berm turns and table-top jumps that are suitable for beginners, but still offer options for those unafraid to launch their bikes into the air.
Golden Bike Park was several years in the making. The Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) first approached Golden's city council in Jan. 2009 with ambitious plans for a multi-use, "front-country" experience. Despite struggles and setbacks, the park advanced quickly following approval from the City of Golden Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in Feb. 2010. Thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours, support from local businesses, thousands of dollars in donations, including a $10 thousand grant from Boulder-based Bikes Belong, the Golden Bike Park is a success story and damn-fun place to ride.
Working closely with Golden Parks & Recreation personnel, COMBA and the Golden Bike Park Group were able to make their vision a reality with the help of the Boulder-based International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and its Trail Solutions staff, landscape architects and other professional trail builders.
Golden Bike Park is one of three, urban bike parks featured in an upcoming documentary, Bring the Riding to the People. A visit to Seattle's 1-5 Colonade Mountain Bike Park – also included in the documentary – inspired Mayor Smith to throw his full support behind Golden Bike Park.
The documentary “…is the story of three parks, in three very different communities, with one thing in common. All were built using sustainable practices on underused park land by an all-volunteer workforce in a remarkable show of cooperation among cities, land managers and private citizens to 'bring the riding to the people.'" - From the Elastic Lab Productions website. (Click here to watch the trailer.)
Volunteers are still needed to complete additional phases of the park, including an intermediate pump track, and to help with regular upkeep and maintenance of the features. Contact COMBA if you are interested in helping out or donating. http://comba.org/
The park is easily accessed from highways 93 and 58. It is located near North Table Mountain at the Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex, 4471 Salvia, Golden.
About the Colorado Mountain Bike Association:
COMBA http://comba.org/ is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving mountain biking by building and maintaining trails, teaching proper trail use, and working with government on public land management decisions affecting mountain biker rights along the Front Range (from Buffalo Creek to Coal Creek Canyon), as well as serving as a strong advocacy voice for all mountain bikers.