February 20, 2016

Tri-City Bike Park: Update

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We’ve come a long way since our project launch September 11, 2015.

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What’s the status?

12/8/2016 – Fremont Bike Park. On 12/7/2016 the Tri-City Bike Park Facebook group made a visit to the Fremont Recreation Commission. From the onset of Tri-City Bike Park group’s founding, it was clear Fremont residents wanted a bike park. Fremont residents quickly surpassed Union City and Newark residents. Last time the group went before the Fremont Recreation Commission, the parents spoke. This time two young dirt-jumpers/Fremont members and dirt-jumper-turned-bike-park-builder (Alex Fowler) gave voice to your recreational needs. The message and testimonies (Thank you, Warren/Andrew!) were moving: A Fremont Bike Park would spotlight a nomadic group of youth that has roots in this town, and enrich it in the process. They’d really like Fremont to “bring it home” so they can be part of the community in which they live and grew up, providing more time in their day for school and family and more money in their pocketbooks to be spent locally. This respected and welcoming recreation would be a gain for the entire community. And, pun intended, a bike park is dirt-cheap. We estimate that a Fremont Bike Park costs $100,000. It is not clear whether adjustments to City of Fremont’s Capital Improvement Plan will include a budget for a Fremont Bike Park. Even so, revenue fluctuates; if surpluses come up during the year and political will exists, the Fremont Recreation Commission can always adjust their plans. (In late-November we provided Fremont staff our Fremont Bike Park datasheet, which outlines the project’s ROI.)

11/10/2016 – Newark Pump Track. On 11/09/2016, as part of a citywide parks master planning, the group brought out members in support of a pump-track, to hear city staff’s decision on its recommendations to Newark City Council as it relates to recreation project priorities. Of the 6 recreation gaps identified, a Pump Track made the cut. The #1 priority is a 5.4M sportsfield turfing project with large replacement costs. No reasons were provided for the prioritization, though destination recreation (rental-based recreation) has been a consistent theme. We don’t believe that a Pump Track needs to compete for funding with any project currently listed, given its low project cost and local corporate support opportunities, but a Pump Track does not provide rental revenue (it’s free recreation for all!). Nonetheless, the group communicated the project’s cost ($56,000) and ROI in the form of a Newark Pump Track datasheet, outlining the revenue-generating potential (pump-track classes and summer camps) and possible ways to fund ongoing maintenance. We await the City of Newark’s scheduling of a future meeting to recommend changes to the City of Newark’s Capital Improvement Plan.

What can you do to help?

  • (Important – Fremont Members!) Organize a small group to speak at a Fremont Recreation Commission meeting. Needed for this project to be successful.
  • Encourage your Fremont neighbors to join our Facebook group. We have a large group, but there’s so many more that enjoy this underground sport.
  • Email Angela (info@newarkparks.org) if you’d like give a 3-minute statement at a future Fremont Recreation Commission meeting or Newark City Council Meeting.
  • Donate. Outreach requires printing, banners, business cards, advertising, etc. These efforts cost money. No donation is too small.