Community Consultation & Education
Meeting with Riders, Parents and any potential financial stakeholders such as Service Groups to discuss their expectations for the project is a great way of establishing a baseline for the scope of the Project. This is the first step in understanding what features or components are desired by the Riders and what general concerns if any the Community has regarding the Park. Clearly establishing a budget is an integral part of the process and by acting as a liaison between the riders and the financial stakeholders I am able to balance wants and needs and present an effective compromise. For many involved in the process this will be there first exposure to the concept of a Bike Park; it is very important that everyone involved has a full and complete understanding of both the concept and the Process. I will make myself available throughout the Project for specific questions or clarification on any issue.
Once the Site has been chosen, the Design has been finalized and budgets have been approved the exciting work of breaking ground can finally begin. We strive to work safely and our site will strictly adhere to all Provincial or State Workplace Safety guildlines as well as those of our host community. Depending upon the scope of the project or the materials required to complete it we will utilize all of the necessary equipment to complete the job with the utmost efficiency. Weather permitting and depending on the size and complexity of the project most can be completed within 1 to 2 months and can be built almost year round.
Determining the location and the scope of any capital project is important but it is critical when considering building a Bike Park. Performing a thorough site evaluation for accessibility, environmental design potential, drainage, unique topographical features and its location relative to the intended user groups. A large part of any feasibility study is to accurately estimate the size and demographic make up of the end users for which the Park is being considered.
Design development is based on the results of the Feasibility Study and the information gathered during the Community Consultation. Once the site has been determined and the basic features of the Park have been established we then examine the Site Evaluation and create a Design that will not only work with the site but also takes advantage of all that the site has to offer. Designs can be re worked after further consultation with Riders and stakeholders, the key is to build a consensus on the design while working within the parameters of a budget. We will also consider the environment and amenities in and around the proposed facility and incorporate environmental design principals to increase safety and the overall aesthetic. Planting trees, bushes and placing benches and shade structures around the Park help to enhance the Riders experience while adding value to the Park.
Building a Bike Park is the first step in a series of steps required for long term sustainability and community enjoyment. Depending upon the materials chosen to build the Bike Park (Clay, Mixed Soil, Asphalt, etc.) the Park may require regular and consistent maintenance. Because of factors such as heavy use, erosion or neglect a Bike Park can quickly become either inefficient or unsafe. Maintenance agreements are an effective way to ensure that maintenance is completed regularly and completed by a qualified member of the Dirt by Design team. Alternatively, there are materials being used today that require much less or no regular maintenance at all. Pumptracks and simple jump lines can take advantage of an Asphalt surface over a compacted aggregate that virtually eliminates the issues associated with Clay, specifically the freeze/thaw cycle. These surfaces require a yearly inspection each Spring but also provide the added advantage that can not easily be altered or vandalized.
Which ever material you choose Dirt by Design can custom tailor a maintenance plan to your needs that will ensure its safety and function long into the future.