Residents input wanted on proposed bike park

Cottage Grove is looking for community input on a proposal to build a bike park within West Draw Park.  Residents are invited to learn about the bike park at the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission meeting on Monday, March 11, at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove.

This would be the first bike park in the east metro area.

At 6 p.m. there will be a short presentation by the Bike Park Task Force.  An opportunity for one-on-one conversations with the Task Force, Commissioners and City staff will follow.  At 7 p.m. the Commission will formally review the bike park work plan and make a recommendation to the City Council.  Residents may speak at either forum.

A successful bike park in Cottage Grove would get more kids and families outdoors and active; be family friendly, safe, clean and well maintained; offer levels of progression; enhance, not detract from, the West Draw Park experience; and provide a social gathering place for bicycling enthusiasts. 

Bike parks are a system of off-road dirt paths with built-in “natural” features that allow for a more dynamic bicycling experience by being able to jump, pump or slalom through the track.  They are smaller than mountain bike paths and are built for recreational users of all ages, sizes and bicycling abilities.

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