Construction begins on new Sunnyside Bike Park

News Nov 08, 2013 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Construction has begun on the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated Sunnyside Bike Park.

The bike park will be situated on a stretch of land north of Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Ellis Avenue and Colborne Lodge Drive according to the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department.

“We are expecting to do some preliminary work on site this week and next,” said Scott Laver, natural environment specialist on Monday, Nov. 4. “We are working on a detailed schedule with the contractor this week, but we do expect to get things underway as early as Thursday or Friday.”

Bicycle Motorcross and mountain bike riders played an integral role in the design of the park, which will be used for off-road cycling and skill building and is expected to attract riders from across the city and beyond.

The park will be comprised of a skills trail, pump tracks, a variety of jump lines and a large drop and wall ride. Amenities will include benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains and gathering areas in anticipation of families and those who have yet to try off-road cycling.

“We are aiming to have phase one of the park (the riding features) opened by next spring. Phase two (driveway entrance and other park amenities) will be completed by the end of 2014,” said Laver.

Initially proposed for the parking lot in the southeast corner of High Park, Laver said the strip of land between the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard was a better fit for its larger size, its accessibility and visibility. Even though surrounded by roadways, there are still lots of trees and shade, said Laver, making it feel like being immersed in nature.

The new park was designed by the internationally acclaimed Jay Hoots of Hoots Inc. - a world leader in the design of community-based bike skill parks and trail systems - with input from BMX and mountain bike riders at a consultation meeting held in October.

The 5,000-square-metre park will accommodate 100 riders at one time, Hoots said.

Visit www.toronto.ca/trails for details.

Construction begins on new Sunnyside Bike Park

News Nov 08, 2013 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Construction has begun on the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated Sunnyside Bike Park.

The bike park will be situated on a stretch of land north of Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Ellis Avenue and Colborne Lodge Drive according to the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department.

“We are expecting to do some preliminary work on site this week and next,” said Scott Laver, natural environment specialist on Monday, Nov. 4. “We are working on a detailed schedule with the contractor this week, but we do expect to get things underway as early as Thursday or Friday.”

Bicycle Motorcross and mountain bike riders played an integral role in the design of the park, which will be used for off-road cycling and skill building and is expected to attract riders from across the city and beyond.

The park will be comprised of a skills trail, pump tracks, a variety of jump lines and a large drop and wall ride. Amenities will include benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains and gathering areas in anticipation of families and those who have yet to try off-road cycling.

“We are aiming to have phase one of the park (the riding features) opened by next spring. Phase two (driveway entrance and other park amenities) will be completed by the end of 2014,” said Laver.

Initially proposed for the parking lot in the southeast corner of High Park, Laver said the strip of land between the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard was a better fit for its larger size, its accessibility and visibility. Even though surrounded by roadways, there are still lots of trees and shade, said Laver, making it feel like being immersed in nature.

The new park was designed by the internationally acclaimed Jay Hoots of Hoots Inc. - a world leader in the design of community-based bike skill parks and trail systems - with input from BMX and mountain bike riders at a consultation meeting held in October.

The 5,000-square-metre park will accommodate 100 riders at one time, Hoots said.

Visit www.toronto.ca/trails for details.

Construction begins on new Sunnyside Bike Park

News Nov 08, 2013 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Construction has begun on the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated Sunnyside Bike Park.

The bike park will be situated on a stretch of land north of Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Ellis Avenue and Colborne Lodge Drive according to the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department.

“We are expecting to do some preliminary work on site this week and next,” said Scott Laver, natural environment specialist on Monday, Nov. 4. “We are working on a detailed schedule with the contractor this week, but we do expect to get things underway as early as Thursday or Friday.”

Bicycle Motorcross and mountain bike riders played an integral role in the design of the park, which will be used for off-road cycling and skill building and is expected to attract riders from across the city and beyond.

The park will be comprised of a skills trail, pump tracks, a variety of jump lines and a large drop and wall ride. Amenities will include benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains and gathering areas in anticipation of families and those who have yet to try off-road cycling.

“We are aiming to have phase one of the park (the riding features) opened by next spring. Phase two (driveway entrance and other park amenities) will be completed by the end of 2014,” said Laver.

Initially proposed for the parking lot in the southeast corner of High Park, Laver said the strip of land between the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard was a better fit for its larger size, its accessibility and visibility. Even though surrounded by roadways, there are still lots of trees and shade, said Laver, making it feel like being immersed in nature.

The new park was designed by the internationally acclaimed Jay Hoots of Hoots Inc. - a world leader in the design of community-based bike skill parks and trail systems - with input from BMX and mountain bike riders at a consultation meeting held in October.

The 5,000-square-metre park will accommodate 100 riders at one time, Hoots said.

Visit www.toronto.ca/trails for details.