Calling all mountain bike and BMX riders!
The new Tripp Station Youth Bike Skills Park in Saanich is set to open this weekend, just in time for riders to enjoy it this summer season!
“I am so thrilled to see his long-awaited youth bike skills park is now a fantastic addition to Saanich’s parks system,” said Mayor Fred Haynes.
“It gives youth a fun way to challenge themselves, to socialize with friends and family and to stay healthy and active. Outdoor recreation, specifically a youth park, is a major component of our Youth Development Strategy.”
Bike parks are an area designed for both mountain bike and BMX riders of all levels and experience to develop and practice their skills in a structured, safe and managed environment.
The new park includes an asphalt pump track, dirt jumps and a skills trail.
“The Tripp Youth Park is going to be a great new addition to urban bike parks in Greater Victoria,” said South Island Mountain Bike Society Director of Advocacy Yvonne Mendel. “We hope that children and youth will find the bike park to be an exciting new amenity.”
Saanich leased the one-acre portion of land at the Gorge Tripp Hydro Substation from BC Hydro in 2019 to develop the park.
Additional improvements include a gravel pathway from the main entrance of the park off Lochside Drive connecting to Borden Street, park furniture, bike racks, a drinking fountain, signs and a portable toilet.
On Saturday, July 16th, a grand opening and ribbon cutting event will be held at the new bike skills park, which means you can be one of the first to try the new Powerline Pump Track, dirt jumps or skills trails!
A small parking lot is available but Saanich encourages everyone to access the park via the Lochside Regional Trail.
- Where: Beside the George Tripp Hydro Substation at 4050 Lochside Drive north of McKenzie Avenue.
- When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday July 16th