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Local mountain bikers and cyclists are in for some good news!

The District of Saanich is planning on building a new bike skills park in the community designed to encourage adventure, physical activity, and youth health that will also include natural elements of the area.

The bike park will be constructed on a one acre portion of BC Hydro land between Borden Street and Lochside Drive near the north end of the George Tripp Substation.

According to the municipality, the location is perfect for a robust biking trail like this because it is easily accessed from the Lochside Regional Trail, is enclosed by concrete walls and large trees, and features lots of open natural space that could easily be incorporated into the designs of the park.

“Council is committed to building a youth bike skills park, which is a crucial component of our Youth Development Strategy,” said Councillor and Parks, Trails, and Recreation Advisory Committee Chair Ned Taylor.

“We recognize there is a strong demand for outdoor youth recreation facilities in Saanich and this opportunity will provide a new facility for our youth to engage in healthy, active pursuits.”

In an agreement with BC Hydro, Saanich is leasing the one acre plot of land from for $1 a year with the option to renew every five years.

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Besides the main bike skills trail — which is generally designed for mountain bikers —, the park may also feature a pump track, parkour equipment, skateboard area, ropes course, zip line, and bouldering.

Designs for the park will be finalized this fall following a period designated for public input from local residents and facility users. Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2020.

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