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We met with our dirt supplier at the park site last week to discuss future delivery of dirt. A few stars have to align before the actual delivery will happen:
- The ground needs to freeze up once again
- The snow on the site needs to be cleared to allow the trucks to turn around
- The north entrance to the park site needs to be cleared
Once those happen, he is expecting to deliver 50 truck loads in a single day. Yes, 50 loads. Although we’ll need much more for the entire park, this will be plenty to start the pump track early this spring (sniff, sniff :))
As well, we met with officials from Alberta Parks to talk about tool storage in the AB Parks works yard adjacent to the park site.. We were surprised to find out that there are some extra goodies for us to use as needed:
A large pallet of paving stones to use for rock armouring our turns and building up jumps. A large selection of used wood for the skills area. We were very happy!!!
Our next volunteer meeting will be Feb 19th so watch for posts here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included (and hope for an early spring) .
Even though winter is still going strong, our thoughts have turned to spring. That is when we can start construction of the new Fish Creek Skills Park. Dirt will be arriving soon so there is lots to get ready before the snow clears.
We will be holding our January volunteer meeting on Wed (15th) at 7:00 PM at the Tim Hortons on Bow Bottom Trail. This will be an informal meeting for anyone interested in getting involved. Stop by and say hello.
Just a quick reminder of the volunteer meeting on Wed, Dec 18th at 7:00 pm. This will be the first of our monthly meetings to plan and coordinate the work on the Skills Park site to commence this spring. Mark the 3rd Wednesday of each month for these meetings and before you know it…we will be onsite ready to put shovels to dirt which we now have!).
We will be meeting at the Tim Horton’s on Bow Bottom trail for an informal meet and greet for all those interested in helping out. As the interest and participation builds, we will move to a more suitable venue for subsequent meetings.
Everyone is welcome to attend so forward the information along.
Although winter is upon us, we have some exciting news to share about the progress of the Fish Creek Skills Park. Here is a quick update:
1. Dirt – finally! – after a quick call to our contacts at Fish Creek Provincial Park, I was told that 2 loads of clay fill were dropped off a couple of weeks ago – with more to follow over the winter. This is great news as it means that we can start construction of the pump track this spring. Although we will need 100+ truckloads to do the entire park, at least we have enough to start.
2. New Sponsors: we have 2 major sponsors who have stepped forward. MEC has donated to CMBA to become and official park sponsor. The ongoing agreement with MEC is their commitment to helping community projects where they live and work. As well, Pinkbike.com, the world’s most popular biking website which started right here in Calgary, has committed to promoting the park to the area through online advertising. Both of these organizations will be officially recognized as sponsors on the park signage.
3. Tools and onsite storage: We have commitment from Big Blue Box for onsite storage of park tools starting this spring. thanks to a grant from the Calgary Foundation, this means that volunteers and team leads can organize their own events with the coordination of Fish Creek Park staff and CMBA volunteers.
4. Official Opening: Mark your calendars for the official grand opening: July 20th, 2014. There is a lot to do before but we wanted to set a realistic deadline. We hope to have the track done in spring but this date will mark the official ceremony and event. We will also combine it with Take A Kid Mtn Biking Day and other events as well.
5. Monthly Volunteer Meetings: Starting Dec 18th, I will be holding volunteer meeting the 3rd Wed of each month. Initially we will meet at the Tim Horton’s on Bow Bottom Trail from 7:00-7:30 and once momentum and attendance grows, we will find an alternate venue. Everyone is welcome to attend so mark it on your calendars.
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Richard Link President, CMBA
It has been and interesting year at CMBA and especially in Fish Creek Park. We were excited to partner with Alberta Parks and Friends of Fish Creek to officially announce the Skills Park and from that day forward, the hard work started. Then the floods and the lack of a dirt supplier complicated everything.
We have had some success though. A $5000 grant from the Alberta Foundation to buy tools for when we are ready to get started. More sponsors are stepping forward soon so things are looking up. A dirt supplier in on the horizon, however, we do have a lot of work still to come.
Now we need some help. Over the winter months, we want to put together a volunteer committee to oversee the park now and in the future. Along with committee members, we are looking for a Skills Park Coordinator to sit on the CMBA executive, lead the sub committee and other volunteers that step forward to help.
Admittedly, it is not an easy job but as with other volunteers at CMBA, it is well worth the effort. You will instrumental with making this park a reality. We hope to organize monthly meetings over the winter months to keep the momentum going.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer and get more information.
Happy Fall everyone.
With the onset of Fall 2013, I wanted to post an update on the Skills Park progress. Many of you have sent messages asking so this is the best way to let everyone know.
Dirt still proves to be an issue – not just any dirt – truck loads of clean, clay fill delivered and dumped on site. We found all that we needed in Chestermere, however, at $200/hr for delivery, we do not have the funding to take advantage of it. A new lead has just surfaced so we are hoping to follow through on that one.
Good news is the we have received a $5000 grant from the Calgary Foundation to buy tools for the park and have them available on site. We also have a couple of new sponsors who have expressed interest in supporting the park. Stay tuned for some major announcements.
This process is a slow one but we are still dedicated with getting the park built and open for the public to enjoy. In the meantime, fall is upon us so get out and ride whenever you can.
Richard Link, President, CMBA
Here is a quick update of the Skills Park status to date:
1. Dirt: we are still trying the source the clay fill that we need for the park. There are a few leads we are working on and it is looking good. It is a lot of dirt and is proving challenging to source at little or no cost.
2. We will be receiving a $5000 grant from the Calgary Foundation. This will be used to buy a stash of tools to stay at and be used specifically for the Park. Lead volunteers will have access to these tools and be able to arrange volunteer days to their schedules.
3. Location: I have had a few emails asking about the location of the park at Fish Creek for those that do not live near the area. Here is a description:
- South on Deerfoot to Bow Bottom Trail
- Past Canyon Meadows Drive toward Deer Run
- First left past Deer Run drive at the Burnsmead Day use area.
- If you see the Bow Valley Ranch entrance, you have gone too far south.
Below is a Google Earth image and the official CMBA location map.
More updates at they come forward.
Richard Link, President CMBA
The CMBA hopes that everyone affected by the flooding is safe and sound. Parts of Fish Creek Provincial Park were hit hard and we are assessing the extent of the damages. Please respect any trail closures and warnings that are posted. They are to keep you safe.
The skills park area seems to have come through unscathed. That is the good news. However, here is an update on the status:
- We are still trying the source a clean fill supplier. Our initial lead did not come through and it will be likely difficult to source another soon.
- Most construction equipment in Calgary will be tied up for the next several months at least. Rentals have become non-existent for the time being. Once clean fill is found, this will be our next hurdle.
If you are interested in volunteering, consider helping out with work needed in Fish Creek Park. Check in at http://friendsoffishcreek.org/ for details and opportunitites.
CMBA will also be onsite at Creekfest on July 21st. Stop by, say hello and we will likely have more of an update by then. If the stars align, we will be ready to get volunteers started around that time.
Stay safe and spend some time helping those that need it. It will make you both feel good.