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New youth bike park opened on Wednesday

Posted at 1:57 PM, Dec 18, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs opened its first youth bike park on Wednesday afternoon. The grand opening for the three-acre park took place at 3:00 p.m. at Fountain Park.

Young bicyclists have three acres dedicated to helping them develop confidence and competence. A new youth bike park, adjacent to Hillside Community Center, includes a street skills course along with a mountain bike skills and obstacle course.

Joan Clemons, Hillside Community Center director,

“The kids at Hillside Community Center are so excited! Knowing this is the first of its kind in Colorado Springs is very special for them and local kids have participated in planning for the park and eagerly watched the construction process.”

This is one of several projects made possible in part by a Great Outdoors Colorado (COCO) grant and Generation Wild Initiative which aims to connect families with the great outdoors. The total cost of the bike park is approximately $240,000.

Several community partners have worked to make the bike park a reality, including the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. A $60,000 donation by the El Pomar Foundation last spring helped launch construction.