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Redwood Meadows invites biking enthusiasts to shape future of new bike skills park

An exciting opportunity awaits the townsite of Redwood Meadows, where the community association has plans in the works to develop a new bike skills park.
The Redwood Meadows Community Association is planning to build a bike skills park in the townsite.

Get ready to ride, Redwood Meadows

An exciting opportunity awaits the townsite, where the community association has plans in the works to develop a new bike skills park.

Residents can learn more at an information session on the evening of May 23, behind the community garden in Redwood Meadows. The session aims to gauge interest, gather feedback, and collect contact information for organizing work sessions dedicated to building the bike skills park.

The Redwood Meadows Community Association (RMCA) will be funding the creation of the park, which will be freely open to the public for use.

Representatives from the RMCA say the future amenity will help enhance outdoor recreational opportunities and promote an active lifestyle. Active participation and input from community members will be vital in shaping the project and ensuring its success. 

“This has been in the works to get this going for a couple of years, a lot of people in the community have expressed positive interest,” said Alex Muller, treasurer of the RMCA and project lead.

Muller said a nearby bike association in the Bow Valley has also expressed interest in joining forces, bringing their experience in similar projects to the table. He said that collaboration holds great potential for the success of Redwood's bike skills park and its future development.

“It looks like we will have some support from Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) – they’ve done similar projects and they will be helping set up, I hope to have a representative or two from that organization as well,” Muller said.

The information session on Tuesday serves as a starting point, allowing residents to voice their ideas, concerns, and aspirations about the bike skills park. Attendees will have the opportunity to influence the park's design and features, ensuring it caters to the specific needs and preferences of the Redwood Meadows community.

“We are looking for artistic people to do cut-outs of animals to make it more interesting for kids, maybe people with woodwork skills too,” Muller said.

In addition to a brainstorming session, Tuesday’s meeting will serve as a platform for organizers to gather contact information from interested stakeholders. This will help when organizing future work sessions and collaborative efforts.

“It will be a fairly quick meeting, just to get people on track, and from there we will start to plan better work sessions where people can bring snacks and do some manual labour,” Muller said.

Though the idea is still in the early works, the bike skills park would be an exciting addition to Redwood Meadows, Muller said, adding it would foster physical activity, skill development, and a sense of adventure within the community.

The May 23 meeting will get underway at 7:15 p.m.

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