The City of McCall is pleased to announce the celebration of the McCall Mountain Bike Skills Park located adjacent to the Harshman Skate Park on Idaho Street. The Ribbon Cutting, hosted by City of McCall, will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm on location. School Board, staff and students are encouraged to join in the official opening of this new park.
The Mountain Bike Skills Park is a great example of how partnerships can result in a wonderful public facility. The Skills Park concept has been around for some time, and the opportunity to develop the park in McCall came from the release of the grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The McCall Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee agreed that the development of a pump track that was easily accessible and close to town would be a great amenity for beginning riders. Because of the willingness of the MDSD School Board to expand the use of district property for another public recreational facility, the City of McCall was able to move forward with a grant application to IDPR for funding.
The project was funded by a $11,994 Mountain Bike License Plate Fund grant from IDPR, along with City funding through materials and labor provided by the Parks Department. Wayne Ruemmele of Epikos Design and Planning did the conceptual design, and donated time for project oversight. Kurt Wolf, McCall Parks and Recreation worked closely with Jason Clay of MDSD in order to make sure the skills park was consistent with MDSD’s facilities. Joe Weede of Single Track Sessions was the primary contractor. Excavation equipment was donated by Ben Gau of McCall Dirt Works.
- City Staff has hauled and transported onto the site over 400 cubic yards of soil – an approximate value of $7,200
- Far fewer trees needed to be removed than what was expected.
- Opportunities for additional features may be available depending on remaining funding
- Parks Staff is contemplating doing a small (mini) pump track in the City owned property behind the bleachers and adjacent to the Mtn. Bike Skills Park for young kids on strider bikes (ages 2-4)
- Parks Department is working on setting up a maintenance plan with the McCall Youth Mtn. Biking Team, but the Parks Department will have the primary responsibility for the maintenance.
The total project cost was approximately $30,000 to include grant funding, donations, materials and labor.