JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Town leaders gave a preliminary go ahead to Kids Bike Loop project to be installed on a westside town-owned lot currently sitting vacant.
The Pathways Department pitched the idea of creating a dirt trail on a near the Community Gardens on Blair Drive that would provide a safe place for youngsters to learn basic mountain biking skills and encourage early skills development.
The location was targeted specifically for its proximity to the pathway system and because it lies in the heart of an area with preexisting public uses including community garden, pathway, schools, and athletic fields.
Local nonprofits Mountain Bike the Tetons (MBTT) and Friends of Pathways (FOP) helped spearhead community outreach where little resistance was found in neighboring Cottonwood HOA and homeowners, Ellingwood homeowners, and Blair Place residents.
Opposition was raised concerning parking, trespassing, and general congestion the park might bring to the area. Cost concerns were also addressed; town officials estimating a $1,000 to $5,000 initial outlay with MBTT pledging to cover machine time and labor costs.
The project design involves a 0.5-mile natural surface (dirt) biking trail paralleling the pathway along Blair Dr. The trail design would be intended for use by younger kids (ages 3-12) but would be open to all users. It would feature a dirt surface with small features (bumps and turns) that could be negotiated by beginner users, including kids on strider bikes.
A memorandum of understanding between the Town and the non-profit partners to address construction and maintenance responsibilities is expected to be signed. Work would begin next spring.