After almost a decade of work, consultations, community conflict, blood, sweat, and tears… Ottawa’s first bike park is set to open this month.

Spearheaded and shepherded to near completion by the OMBA, the official opening barbecue party for the Carlington Bike Park is set for September 28th, with Sentiers Boréals, the Quebec-based company building the Carlington Bike Park, says work is on track to be finished by the end of September.

Original plans for the Carlington Bike Park
Original plans for the Carlington Bike Park

Once complete, the 300 metres of banks, drops and “whoops” — a series of bumps — where bikers can have fun and hone their skills will be completely free to use.

Work in progress at the Carlington Bike Park
Work in progress at the Carlington Bike Park

The former site of Carlington ski hill provides the ideal open space and natural terrain for the location of a bike park within the city’s urban core. It is an open space where parents can easily watch their kids as they have fun riding!!  This is an ideal environment for physical activity for all fitness and biking skill levels.

Another picture of the work on Carlington Bike Park from Sandra Beaubien
Another picture of the work on Carlington Bike Park from Sandra Beaubien

And by establishing Ottawa’s first outdoor bike park, both the City and OMBA hope it will reduce the number of informal bike trails occurring across Ottawa forests, and decrease the resulting environmental impact on these park areas.

It’s probably worth noting that this kind of track, called a “pump track”, is not really designed for mountain bikes, even though it’s the OMBA guiding this project through. This is more of a BMX-style track, one where bike shocks are generally not used.

For more info check out our event page for the Carlington Bike Park Opening! I’m sure much of the biking community is as stoked as I am to give this new track a few laps!

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