Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) is working to develop a mountain bike skills park. This park will be open to the public and located in central Edmonton’s Queen Elizabeth Park on the site of the former Wastewater Treatment Plant. It will provide a dedicated space for people to learn and practice mountain bike skills, and will include skill-building features and singletrack trails.
Community interest in such a facility, as well as its location and size, were confirmed through a master planning process for Queen Elizabeth Park. City Council approved the Master Plan for the area in 2013.
EMBA is working to design and build the mountain bike skills park on behalf of the local mountain biking community through the City of Edmonton’s Community Group Led Construction Projects process. As part of our work we’ll be looking for your ideas and feedback, and also your help with fundraising and other tasks! With your help we hope to complete construction of the park within the next two to three years.
About the Bike Park
- The Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) is working to develop a mountain bike skills park.
- We are dedicated to building an inclusive space that meets the needs of the local mountain biking community.
- We are working through the City of Edmonton’s Community Group Led Construction Projects process.
- The skills park will be open to the public and located in central Edmonton’s Queen Elizabeth Park on the site of the former wastewater treatment plant. The need for a bike park and the location were identified through previous public consultation for the City’s Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan.
- The bike park will provide a dedicated space for people of all levels to learn and practice mountain bike skills, and will include skill-building features and singletrack trails.
- Community feedback will help shape the design of the bike skills park. We will reach out through online surveys and (covid-19 permitting) may pop-up at trailheads to chat about the project.
- You can stay informed through our newsletter and social media accounts.
- We hope to complete construction within the next two to four years.
- We’ll be fundraising to pay for the construction of the bike park. We’ll be seeking donations and financial support from bike enthusiasts, governments and other organizations.
- We welcome new volunteers to support the project! Get in touch to let us know you are interested and to find out more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bike park?
- A bike skills park is a purpose-built outdoor facility where people can learn and practice mountain bike skills. It includes features that can be found on mountain bike trails such as dirt jumps, wooden drops, and raised wooden structures. A park may also include singletrack trails and pump tracks. Bike park features are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, and help people progress their skills in a safe environment.
How much will it cost?
- The total cost to build the bike skills park will depend on its design.
Who is going to pay for it?
- EMBA will fundraise to build the skills park and will seek donations, grants and other forms of financial support from: all orders of government; businesses; organizations that support biking, outdoor recreation and community development; and members of the community (like you!).
When will it be built?
- We hope that the bike skills park is ready to ride by the end of 2023. How fast we can build the park depends largely on how fast we can fundraise to pay for it.
How can people help?
- Thanks for asking! At this point in time, you can donate, volunteer on our bike park subcommittee, and spread the word through your networks. Eventually there will be more roles to fill and letters of support to write – stay tuned!
Why is a bike park needed?
- Mountain biking is becoming more and more popular, and people are looking for recreation opportunities close to home. There is nowhere formal for riders of all ages and abilities to practice and improve mountain bike skills. A bike skills park would provide a safe and progressive learning environment for all Edmontonians interested in the sport. The need for a local bike skills park was identified when the City did public consultation for its Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan.
Why will it be in Queen Elizabeth Park?
- The site of the former wastewater treatment plant in QE park is ideally located and sized for a bike skills park. It is a wide open space in a central spot and is accessible via many modes of transportation. A bike skills park is identified as the future use of this site in the City’s QE Park Master Plan.
Who is leading the project?
- EMBA is leading the project and working with City representatives through the City’s Community Group Led Construction Projects process.
Who will the bike skills park benefit?
- The skills park will benefit people who bike now and those who want to bike in the future. This includes riders of all ages and abilities, from kids to adults, beginner to advanced. It will also benefit other Edmontonians and visitors who spend time in this area of the river valley by attracting more people and more active users, helping to keep the QE park area safe.
Are we consulting with anyone? Are there opportunities to share ideas?
- Yes, we’re starting with an online survey to find out what people would like to see in the skills park. This will help us figure out what the park should include and how it should be laid out. We’ll also share the draft design for feedback.
What about environmental impacts?
- We’ll be following all the rules and requirements in place around environmental impacts and construction, including the River Valley bylaw.
What about maintenance?
- EMBA and the City of Edmonton will work out plans and agreements for ongoing bike skills park operations and maintenance as part of the formal Community Group Led Construction Projects process.
Who will actually build the park?
- EMBA will hire an experienced contractor to design and build the park. We may also look for volunteers to help with labour!