Auburn’s Parks and Recreation Department has worked with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for months on adding a new, shining star to the city’s constellation of parks amenities.
Something unlike any others — a mountain biking skills park at Cedar Lanes Park at 1002 25th St. SE.
To celebrate completion of the bike park’s first of two phases of construction, the city is throwing a party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the park. The skills park is open to everyone to ride and enjoy during regular park hours.
Free bike checks and helmet fittings, helmets available for sale at $5, and instructors at the park’s three skill zones will be part of the celebration. There will be bikes and helmets to borrow for the event and giveaways and information about upcoming programs with free hot dogs and chips while supplies last.
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Director Daryl Faber said the park will be divided into three skills areas:
A Drop Zone with four “drops” of varying difficulty and a one-way return track;
Skinnies for riders to practice bike control and maneuvering through technical terrain; and
A jump track offering jumps and tabletops for varying skill levels and a pump trail to practice technical maneuvering over rollers and berms.
Faber said the celebration will mark only the first of two phases of development. The final element to be put in place for this phase will be the flow track — a single dirt track that flows through the park outside the existing paved pedestrian track.
Phase two will include construction of an asphalt pump track to practice technical maneuvering over rollers and berms. It also includes a restroom facility and a picnic shelter.
Mountain biking offers people of all ages a sport that promotes healthy activity and social emotional learning, leadership development and environmental stewardship.
Summer programming for kids of all ages will be offered beginning in late June with summer camp offerings, field trips and a twice-weekly free program, Summer Ride at Cedar Lanes.
Whether you’re a preschooler who’s ready for a learn-to-ride camp, a youth who wants to take their mountain biking skills to the next level, or a teen looking for an unforgettable summer adventure, the city has got you covered.
Summer Ride will offer drop-in instruction and activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11 to Aug. 17. This free program is offered in partnership with Cycle Therapy Racing and is open to youth of all ages; bikes and helmets will be available for checkout. Staff will be on hand to provide instruction and programming for youth ages 2.5 and up.
A daily sign-in is required and a parent or guardian must remain on site.
Check out all the biking programs at www.auburnwa.gov/bike
Stay up to date and join the volunteer team to work on Phase 2 of the Bike Park and help during volunteer events for trail maintenance, clean ups and more.