Build it and they will come....but who will maintain it???
To help give Hinton Bike Park users and visitors an idea of what goes on behind the scenes, some information is provided below. When the weather makes bike park conditions poor, there are many reasons why the HMBA reminds all users to stay out of the park, and the main one is the knowledge of all the hard work put into keeping the park in great shape for the enjoyment of all.
How it all started
When the Hinton Bike Park was in its first phase (2008), the goal was to build an outstanding mountain bike skills park that is fun, safe, free of charge, and accessible for all abilities and ages, thereby facilitating the promotion of skills development, active lifestyles and mountain culture. It was the first of its kind in the Yellowhead region, a regional hub for activity.
The Hinton Bike Park was made possible by the Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) - all volunteers!!!, the Town of Hinton, and the many, MANY, supporters over the years. Check out our list of growing supporters!
- The Hinton Bike Park has 37 Acres of land with the possibility of future expansion.
- The cost to build the first two phases (2008-2009) was over $400,000 in cash, material and time.
- Free of charge to users (donations are welcome!)
- Central location to access Hinton's trail network (over 30 km!)
- Visitors from all over Alberta, Canada, US, and many international countries have been to the park
Fast Forward to 2017
The Hinton Bike Park is almost 10 years old and was showing signs of aging and deterioration. It was time to focus on refurbishing many areas within the park. The HMBA applied for grants, made use of the annual maintenance fund provided by the Town of Hinton, and used funds accumulated from donations received from its wonderful sponsors.
The total value of the 2017 maintenance work was $25,500, and focused on these areas:
- Skills Area
- Mini Pump Track
- Dirt Jumps
- Drop Zone (part of the Hinton Community Grant)
- Fo'Shore (part of the Hinton Community Grant)
- Slope Wars (part of the Hinton Community Grant)
- Midway Pump Track
- Business Time
- Jodoin's Journey (erosion/drainage issues)
Earlier in the Spring, a representative from Pembina Pipeline Corporation contacted the HMBA about the opportunity to donate towards something Sprockids-related. The Board of the HMBA suggested building a trail that was suited for the younger Sprockids group (dubbed the run-bikers). With Hoots Inc. and Crew lined up for all this work, the new trail became a reality in mid-June! The total value of this trail is $20,800, which includes $3,295 of services donated by Hoots Inc. and $15,000 donated by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.
How you can help
- Ride Dirt Not Mud. If you are leaving visible ruts, it's too wet to ride!
- Become a member! It helps with grant applications.
- Stay connected via the website, facebook or through our member emails.
- Volunteer when maintenance days are announced.
- Be a bike park and trail ambassador! Educate others.
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