On Monday, Feb 22, City Council decided to discontinue work on the project and return the remaining funds into the City’s major recreation facilities fund.
What this means is that work on building a skills park is effectively stopped and the existing Skills Park project will be closed.
Going forward, SABA hopes to continue to work with the City and other potential partners in the hopes of creating a new Skills Park project. While the project cancellation is a fairly significant setback, we’re confident that at some point an appropriate piece of land will become available to build a proper skills park!
The demand and support for a bike park continues to grow and we’re not giving up the effort to build one!
On May 28, 2015 SABA met with park designer, Hoot’s Inc., and the City of St. Albert for the first design charrette for the skills park. We came away from the meeting excited for the possibilities and happy to see the skills park finally seems to be moving from concept to reality!
There’s still a great deal of work to take place, but it’s so exciting to see things moving forward!
On Dec 15, 2014 Council received the natural areas assessment report for the proposed location of the Bike Skills Park. After review, they approved commencing with the initial design of the park at that site! Note that a Land Use Bylaw Amendment must take place before construction can begin.
Hoot’s Inc. has been chosen by the City as the successful design/builder for the St. Albert Bike Skills Park!
This is exciting news and SABA is pleased with the choice of site and for it’s central location and ease of access from the Red Willow trail system! We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work with Hoots and the City to provide input on the design and build of a park we can finally call our own!
The park may include natural elements like logs and boulders, challenging wooden features, or jumps and berms for those who are more skilled at riding. A detailed concept plan will be available by fall 2015.