“HEART OF THE PARK” | OVERVIEW
Mount Vernon has a unique opportunity to create a mountain biking dream right here in the city, and we need your help. Little Mountain will be the home to a new mountain biking skills park with your donation, creating a state of the art station for building mountain biking fundamentals. The new “Heart of the Park” expansion (aka HOP) for Little Mountain Park is going to revolutionize the experience, and we want you to help us get there.
Little Mountain is a great location for hiking and biking, and the new HEART OF THE PARK facilities will serve both needs greatly:
Phase One is the new, paved parking lot that is currently being built by the City that will provide up to 50 spaces near the bottom of Little Mountain Park Road is expected to completed this Fall.
Phase Two will begin this Fall with the construction of the dedicated Mountain Bike Skills Park being provided by MVPF in conjunction with Evergreen Mountain Bike association - with a goal of being open to the public by Memorial Day weekend of 2020.
Phase Three is the installation of the vault restrooms with costs being shared by the City and Mount Vernon Parks Foundation.
Phase Four will be the City’s addition of day-use facilities including open and sheltered picnic areas.
Phase Five is planned as the eventual addition of a bike pump track to the Skills Park as well.
What is a Mountain Bike Skills Park?
Essentially this will be a park-within-the-park consisting of a compact, 2-mile trail system, dedicated to beginning and intermediate mountain bike riders. It will be cross-country oriented, and offer features that will help riders of all abilities practice balance, negotiating obstacles, turning, and other skills. These technical trails will help riders more safely develop the skills that make mountain biking the exciting sport it is. The facility will be family friendly and designed for year round use. It will be linked to community trails and the greater Little Mountain trail system.
The Foundation has partnered with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA), who have built mountain biking trails all across Washington State. EMBA’s vision for Little Mountain is nothing short of building one of the best mountain biking training facilities in Washington State.
The first whispers of this skill park started back in 1990, then later included in the City’s Little Mountain Park Master Plan in 2009, followed by the launch of MVPF’s fundraising initiative in 2014. This is a dream of the Mount Vernon Park Foundation and will be the crown jewel of their trail and preservation work on Little Mountain. With roughly 1000 hours of volunteer time pledged, three years of maintenance, and $83,000 set aside for construction costs, MVPF is serious about creating the marquee park our community desires. Work on the Mountain Bike Skills Park is now scheduled to begin in November of 2019 with a goal of opening Memorial Day of 2020.
We are also looking for sponsors for the on-site public restroom, a feature Little Mountain has sorely needed. Please help us with providing this vital park amenity by donating today.
$83,000 - MTB SKILLS PARK
$42,000 - VAULT RESTROOMS
$50,000 - BIKE PUMP TRACK
$175,000 Funding Goal
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