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    secret agent
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    Please save the date for a public meeting for a community bike skills park in Marie Curtis Park. See below for details.



    Informal bike skills features, such as trails and jumps, have developed in a mature forest in Marie Curtis Park. This forest contains large specimens of oak, maple and pine as well as endangered butternut trees, and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. In order to protect the sensitive forest habitat from further degradation, the City of Toronto is designing a community bike skills park, to be located near the entrance of Marie Curtis Park West. This park will offer skill building opportunities for off-road cyclists, while reducing impacts to an ecologically sensitive area.

    The City of Toronto is holding a public meeting to receive your input on the design options for the bike skills park. Please save the date (formal public meeting notice will follow).

    Date: September 11, 2013
    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Presentation at 7:00 pm
    Location: Assembly Hall, East Room

    Contact:
    Janette Harvey, Natural Environment Specialist
    Email: jharvey3@toronto.ca
    Phone: 416-392-1339

    Natural Environment Trails Program
    http://www.toronto.ca/trails

    #550417

    fietser
    Participant

    Please see the flyer posted on the Front Page regarding and Invitation to view (and have your say) about the proposed Skills Park at Marie Curtis.

    Let’s get as many riders out as possible to show support for this project!

    #550418

    secret agent
    Participant

    FYI:

    The Marie Curtis Bike Park Concept Plan is finally ready, and will be presented at a public meeting on Monday May 12 at 7pm. The meeting notice will be circulated shortly.

    Location: Assembly Hall, East Room
    1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.

    At this meeting we will present the concept plan, proposed implementation phasing, and next steps. For those who are not able to attend, the concept plan will be posted on the project website following the meeting.

    #550408

    fietser
    Participant

    Quick reminder about the Skills Park meeting tonight.

    Location: Assembly Hall, East Room
    1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.
    7pm

    It would be great to see as many riders out as possible. The design plan will be shared and from talking with Daniel from Alpine Bike Parks on Saturday I am really stoked to see it! Sounds amazing.

    Hope to see you there.

    #550412

    Somers
    Participant

    I checked this out yesterday. The park looks like it will be a lot of fun and have something for everyone.

    #550410

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Amazing. Can’t believe these skills parks are actually happening. Truly great thing for mountain biking.

    #550411

    Somers
    Participant

    @fasttimes wrote:

    Amazing. Can’t believe these skills parks are actually happening. Truly great thing for mountain biking.

    And not bad for BMX either! 😀

    Grabbed an admittedly terrible photo of the plans (which will be posted in better resolution later by the city):

    The park will be built in three phases, and if I remember correct they’re expecting the first stage (green on that map) to be built in 2015. The park will, while striving to preserve as natural an environment as possible, have multiple zones that cater to different skill-levels and riding styles. While there are currently no plans to have running water in the bike park itself there is a full washroom located just across a bridge within the overall bounds of Marie Curtis Park proper.

    A lot of the features will be sourced from these guys – http://www.flowformramps.com/ . These products are designed with safety, longevity and ease of maintenance in mind.

    This was all extremely encouraging to see and highlights an open-minded and forward thinking Toronto.

    Funding hasn’t yet been allocated to this but Parks & Rec has a partnership office that is open to sponsorship opportunities!

    #550409

    fietser
    Participant

    Somers! Sorry we didn’t connect there – were you sitting in front of the ‘well spoken’ candidate running for councillor?

    Anyway, super positive meeting last night and great to see a number of community members out. Councillor Grimes and the City Staff present seem very committed to seeing this project become a reality. I was blown away by the scope of the park! Wow.

    As Somers mentioned the phases seem very logical with lots of room for progression. Starting with Run bike friendly pumptrack options all the way up to some huge double black features in Phase 3 (red part) – which is a good thing because I am going to have to brush up on my ‘skills’.

    When completed, Marie Curtis will be an amazing destination for the entire family. With the Splash Pad and Playground already completed and Bike Park on the way I can see myself spending a lot of time down there.

    #550415

    fietser
    Participant

    Just in case you missed it… because I did last night!

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Toronto/ID/2456231793/

    Starts at about 11:06.

    Awesome to see that this is getting some big media attention.

    #550413

    Somers
    Participant

    Haha yep I think that was me. Whereabouts were you sitting?

    #550414

    mustgofaster
    Participant

    Translation:
    “the ‘well spoken’ candidate running for councillor?”
    =
    Nutjob!

    #550416

    fietser
    Participant

    Other side about 2 rows up.

    I was the one that was told I have ‘children’ – not kids. Goats have kids.

    I stand/ stood corrected.

    Park looks amazing eh? Hopefully funding isn’t far behind.

    #550406

    fietser
    Participant

    Here is a little better look (no jabs at your photography skills Somers:)) of the park. The phases are indicated on the 2nd map.

    http://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/Parks%20Forestry%20&%20Recreation/02Parks%20and%20Trails/Leisure%20Spaces/Files/pdf/marie_curtis_concept.pdf

    Very cool!

    #550407

    iBeRash
    Participant

    @fietser wrote:

    I was the one that was told I have ‘children’ – not kids. Goats have kids.

    Serious? I would have told the to go buy a dictionary and stop being a pompous prick.

    And yeah, park looks amazing. Looking forward to the chance to ride there. Thanks for the links!

    #799288

    fietser
    Participant

    Decided to make a post election call to see how the Marie Curtis Bike Park planning is coming along. Councillor Grimes’ office was happy to look into the status and had this to report:

    “Currently we do not have funding to proceed with detailed design and construction. Staff submitted a request for capital funding for this project, and if funding is approved, we will proceed with detailed design and construction of phase 1. We will probably know in April 2015.”

    Nothing terribly earth shattering – certainly no shovels in the ground, but at least it is good to know that things seem to be moving forward slowly but surely.

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