Since the 1990s, dirt jumps have been built by community members on city property outside of Hartman Park. The City convened community members to discuss the issues relating to this property and the predominant opinion was to find a way for the city to allow the use on the property. The City has been working to legitimize the existing use and formally design the jumps and park to adhere to current posted rules and best practices. The City also is working with community members to develop a more formal group of volunteers to build and maintain the park.

The City contracted Hilride Progression Development Group to assist in the evaluation of potential locations for a bike park facility in the Education Hill area. The current site was selected as the most feasible location and was approved by the Parks and Trails Commission and City Council as the permanent site for the bike park to be developed. The City worked with Hilride, local riders and the community to design the bike park facility.

In April 2011, the Parks and Recreation Department submitted permits and final design documentation to the Planning Department for approval to begin construction of the Redmond Bike Park. In May 2011, the project was appealed by a group of concerned neighbors. The appeal was heard by the Hearing Examiner in the fall of 2011 and a decision was made in favor of the City. The appellants appealed that decision to City Council, who in the winter of 2012 favored with the City. Then the project was appealed again by the appellants to King County Superior Court. Before the case was heard, the two parties began settlement discussions and in the spring of 2013, a settlement agreement was finalized and City Council approved it on April 16, 2013. The parties agreed to some changes in the design of the proposed Redmond Bike Park, as described below and shown in draft form in the attached Site Plan

  1. Move bike features and site furnishings away from southeast corner and eastern side of site,

  2. Remove elevated wooden features and double black diamond trail,

  3. Expand the staging area at the starting mound, and

  4. Enhance vegetation along south and western sides of the site. 

The final design is to be completed in Summer 2013 with construction beginning Fall 2013. The construction of the project will require community members to volunteer their time to help build and maintain the bike park.  The City will work with Hilride to provide a series of three volunteer builder trainings to teach volunteers how to build and maintain the park.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help build the park a or if you would like to donate money or materials, please contact Carolyn Hope at (425) 556-2313 or cjhope@redmond.gov.



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