After receiving a proposal from a community group seeking to develop a multi-use bike skills facility in Lower Michener Park, council voted to support the project in principle, and directed city administration to work with the group to develop the project plan and seek further recommendation from the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board.
The proposed multi-purpose project, planned for construction in 2020, will provide for technical skills development and recreation in mountain, BMX and other forms of cycling, provide trails for walkers and runners, and facilities for other outdoor activities.
The park will be an addition to the Michener Park Recreation Area – which features a skateboard park, campground, soccer and ball fields, and hotels – and connects to the Trans Canada Trail, itself a cycling link to the surrounding region.
“Based on Council’s direction, staff will work with the group and their consultant to develop a full project scope and cost estimates for construction, determine public support, and formulate the group’s potential requests for financial and in-kind contribution from the city,” said Director of Community Services Deborah Juch. “We also have to determine if there are any drainage issues or flood risks at Lower Michener Park that need mitigation, and consider the operating and capital replacement costs prior to approving the redevelopment.”
The above information will be presented in the near future to the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board, and to Council for a decision on committing the park for redevelopment.
The 2013 Recreation and Culture Master Plan identified a bike park as a future community infrastructure priority. The Plan emphasizes the strategic importance of effecting the priorities they become possible, and the importance of collaborating with community group initiatives. The Plan also describes bike parks as a recreation industry trend.