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Public Meeting: Leddy Bike Park
October 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Come share your ideas about the proposed Bike Park at Leddy Park!
We want to hear from you about what features and amenities should be included in the design of our first Bike Park! We welcome all ages and levels of bike riders.
This is a continuing public conversation building from the previous public meetings about Leddy Park.
What is a Bike Park?
BIKE PARKS are dedicated parks and recreation facilities that include features such as purpose-built trails, pump-tracks, flow trails, jumps and progressive skills areas for all ages and abilities. They generally have a comprehensive plan for design, construction, maintenance and programming to insure the long term sustainability of the bike park as a recreation facility in the community.
What is the goal of adding a bike park at Leddy Park?
To build a recreation area within Burlington, VT for people of all ages to gather and have fun on their bikes, away from traffic. To provide a safe place for parents to bring their children to gain confidence, be healthy and get away from their screens. The bike park will welcome people from all backgrounds and riding abilities, and create a space for riders to both improve bike skills and strengthen community in a fun, safe and supportive environment.
Why select Leddy Park as the location?
Based on the compiled feedback, the ecological assessment and the City Arborist assessment, we have identified the location below as being suitable for a small and contained family-friendly bike park at Leddy. The size and location function as a contained island with minimal impacts, avoids sensitive ecological areas, limits the footprint and sets a clear boundary for the bike park.
An assessment by the City Arborist found that trees in the area labelled as “suitable bike park location” consist of a mix of primarily white pine, red oak, and red maple. There is minimal herbaceous and woody understory vegetation, which is located towards the outer edges of this wooded area. Any bike path through this area could be laid out to follow considerable space between existing large trees thus eliminating the need for any removals of large trees and minimizing the impact to their root zones. It is imperative that no significant grade changes or excavation be completed throughout the area. If the project advances, the City Arborist will work closely with this group on the routing of paths through this area to ensure that impacts will be minimal to the existing trees. Minor cutting and clearing of fallen debris or potentially hazardous dead wood in existing trees will be completed and all debris will be left on site out of the way of the proposed paths to decay as it would naturally.