Eagle Mountain taking bike park for spin

Published: Saturday, March 8 2008 12:07 a.m. MST

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Mountain bikers could soon be catching some air if a proposal for a new park receives city approval.

The Eagle Mountain City Council heard a proposal in its Tuesday work session for a bike park, complete with trails and jumps. Darin Garrett, a local builder and a member of the Ranches Homeowners Association planning committee, presented the proposal and said it would mainly cater to mountain bikes.

Costs are in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, Garrett said. The Ranches HOA offered to contribute $30,000, and grants are available from several outdoor organizations to help with the construction. The majority of the land the proposed park would sit on belongs to the city, east of Castle Rock subdivision and south of Golden Eagle Road.

Construction will mainly include moving earth and building wooden ramps. Garrett said the majority of the work will be done by volunteers, including members of the Wasatch Area Freeride Trailbuilders Association.

The park would include three trails and a separate area for jumps. The three trails consist of a small twisting trail with bridges and jumps tucked into the junipers, a slope-style trail with banked turns for higher speeds and a moderate trail that would be for beginners. The trails and the dirt jump park would be open to the public.

One of the City Council's main concerns is liability and signs. Garrett said a state law governing recreational uses of property would waive the city's liability as long as the park remains free to the public. Mayor Heather Jackson stressed the importance that signs should be prominently placed throughout the park indicating the risk of the activities.

Besides allowing construction on its property, the city was asked to help manage the park and possibly put up some money to help in its creation.

City administrator John Hendrickson said if the project is approved, the city would draft an agreement with the trailbuilders association for the upkeep. The city would also be responsible for posting rules and enforcing them, he said.

Jackson said some city funds might be able to go toward the project, and she and Hendrickson asked that Garrett develop a plan to determine where city funds would be spent and when they would be needed.

The City Council didn't make any decision, but the discussion allows for additional planning.

"(They were) asking for this presentation to see if we have warm fuzzies about it," Jackson said. "If we do, we'll go through the process of going through the planning commission and a public hearing and the City Council."


E-mail: csmith@desnews.com

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