A tree bridge at the mountain bike skills park area at Nanaimo’s Steve Smith Bike Park. (City of Nanaimo photo)

Mountain bike skills area adds new challenges at Nanaimo park

City announces new features ready for use at Steve Smith Bike Park

A destination area for extreme biking has some cool new features for riders in Nanaimo.

The City of Nanaimo announced that a new mountain bike skills area is now open close to Steve Smith Bike Park at Beban Park.

The skills park is made up of “family-friendly trail options for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders” and a safe place for cyclists to learn to do tricks and ride obstacles such as bridges, rocks and rails before attempting some of the region’s other trails, notes a press release.

“It is a great asset to the biking community of Nanaimo and a great addition to the biking amenities found at Beban Park,” said Tony Clift, trail supervisor with the city, in the release.

The mountain bike skills park was identified in the 2015 Beban Park master plan as a priority project, the Gyro Club of Nanaimo and area bike clubs were part of brainstorming, and the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation contributed financially.

The press release said the mountain bike skills are is a great asset to complement the Steve Smith Bike Park and Marie Davidson BMX Park nearby.

“Although it has only been opened to the public for a couple of weeks, this new skills park is already proving to be a popular destination with many riders of all levels,” the release noted.

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