The "Heart of the Park" (aka HOP) project is a Mount Vernon Parks Foundation initiative to help realize and enhance to two important elements included in the City's current Little Mountain Park Master Plan; 1). a Mountain Bike Skills Park, and 2). Trailhead Parking & Day Use Facilities. The HOP will be directly connected to rest the Park's 10-mile trail network via two different routes; the "HOP Connector" trail which we completed in 2016 (shown below in brown), and the "Flow Trail" - a dedicated mountain biking trail only which is currently under construction (shown below in orange).

Conceptual Site Plan presented by Mayor Jill Boudreau at MVPF's 2016 HOP Fundraising event.

Mountain Bike Skills Park

Our vision is for a state-of-the-art bicycle skills park tailored to beginning and intermediate riders of all ages, featuring a pump track and technical elements such as plank/log "skinnies", ramps, and trials areas. Thanks to over $45,000 in HOP Bicycle Skills Park contributions from our many generous donors, and our pool of dedicated MVPF volunteers, we are ready to begin work on the project as soon as we have the City's approval following their engineering studies which, are currently on track to be completed in the Fall of 2017. 

Parking and Day Use

As of now, there are only three parking spaces, a single "sani-can", and no day-use facilities such as picnic tables available at, or around, the Park's main and busiest entrance. While the 2009 Master Plan took into account expanding these elements, MVPF strongly supports increasing both the parking capacity and day-use facilities from beyond what was envisioned a decade ago to those proposed in the City's current Conceptual Site Plan - Especially when considering the growth in both the City's general population, as well as, the increased park usership overall since that time. Therefore, in order help assure that these higher levels of service will be implemented, last year MVPF began seeking donations to help with the additional costs of the enhancing the restroom and picnic facilities. As of today, we are nearly halfway to our $50,000 HOP facilities fund goal, again thanks to the contributions from our many generous donors. 

And now we are very excited that the City of Mount Vernon’s latest Capital Improvement Budget prioritizes the Heart of the Park Trailhead Facilities as the City’s #1 Parks project, as well as identifying $650,000 in funding sources for that work - $300,000 of which is proposed for 2018 construction work on the new, 40 space parking lot! However, the 2018 funding still needs final authorization so, if you support this project…

 

Please use the button below to send your message of encouragement to the Mayor’s office and your City Council representatives for approving the 2108 HOP funding.

 

Click below the Donate BUTTON below to help support the HOP Trail Facilities Fund.

The Mount Vernon Parks Foundation is 100% funded by private donations & sponsorships.

Thank you to our HOP Bicycle Skills Park Supporters

Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon
Walmart of Mount Vernon
Shell Oil Refinery
Skagit Cycle Center
Ginny Darvil
Birch Equipment
Mount Vernon Building Supply
Skagit Regional Health
Andrew Brown
Skagit Bank
Jen Jones
Jim & Balisa Koetje
John & Marie Erbstoeszer
Johnathan & Ellen Gamson
Josh & Julie Scott
Karl's Paint
Leslie & Roger Estep
McNett Crowl Family
Rivercity Screen Printing
Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Susan Krienen
Washington Tractor
Creative Designs
Kaptein's Ace Hardware
Jumbled Pie
Karen Dec
North Sound Brewing Company
Urban Forest Nursery
Anne Winkes
Consumer Rental
Dimensional Sound
Judd & Black
Lithtex Northwest
Max Dale's & Stanwood Grill
Thomas Toepher
Terry & Gail Afdem
La Conner Channel House
Christopher Rawson
Hal (Harold) & Hella Lee
Ron & Chris Housh
Skagit Law Group
Wells Nursery
Bank of America
Bernard Larson
Blade Chevrolet Inc.
Christianson's Nursery
Duncan West & Bary Deaton
Eric Torseth
Farmer's Equipment Company
Heritage Bank
Jeff & Tara Ingrum
Jim & Paula Glackin
Maggie Potter
NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)
Paige Bird
Peter & Renee Wheeler
Porterhouse
Richard & Nancy Robblee
Rolfson's Home Furnishing
Skagit River Brewery
Skagit Runners
Skagit Running Club
Whidbey Coffee
Henry & Carolyn Gregg
Il Granio
John & Elva Hunter
Larry Otos
Modern Cleaners
Sheena & Ben Jones
Steve and Robin Johnson
Tim & Brenda Cunningham
William Hilbert
Cody Santiago
Kurt Dilworth
Chris & Mary Brown


Thank you to our HOP Trailhead Facilities Supporters

Walmart of Mount Vernon
Skagit Cycle Center
Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon
Max Dale's & Stanwood Grill
Skagit Regional Health
Ginny Darvil
John & Marie Erbstoeszer
Josh & Julie Scott
Skagit Bank
Skagit Runners
Susan Krienen
Washington Tractor
Whidbey Coffee
Creative Designs
Consumer Rental
Jumbled Pie
Rivercity Screen Printing
North Sound Brewing Company
Cascade Natural Gas
Dimensional Sound
Farmer's Equipment Company
Hal (Harold) & Hella Lee
Jen Jones
Judd & Black
Karl's Paint
Lithtex Northwest
McNett Crowl Family
Pacific Power Batteries
Sarco Precision
Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Urban Forest Nursery
Heritage Bank
Blade Chevrolet Inc.
Mount Vernon Building Supply
Skagit Law Group