LOGAN – Whether you consider yourself an expert, a beginner or somewhere in between, you’ll find thrills and challenges at Cache Valley’s newest park.
Bridger Bike Park is officially open to the public. Bike enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages can now access the all-dirt track located on two acres just west of Bridger Elementary, 1179 North 400 West in Logan.
The grand opening of the park took place Wednesday evening. At a cost of $317,000, the facility was built through collaborations between Logan City, the Cache County RAPZ tax, a Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant and community fundraising.
The park has been in the works for three years and came about almost out of necessity.
“Part of that was to meet the need of what had kind of evolved into more than dual uses of the (Logan) Skate Park,” said Russ Akina, Director of Logan Parks and Recreation. The skate park was never designed for bikes, “so to meet that need of BMX and mountain bike recreation, the bike park has been in our comprehensive plan for a little while,” he said.
The park offers a start hill, beginner and intermediate pumptracks, technical challenge trail, beginner, intermediate, and advanced flow lines.
Dayton Crites, Logan City trail planner, was on the track with his bicycle giving advice to young cyclists.
“This is an amazing jewel in Cache Valleys Parks and Rec’s crown,” he said. “Its great the way it all came together.”
Nine-year-old Kayden Swiger said the track was awesome and cool.
“There is an etiquette to riding in bike parks,” said Akina, “kind of the same way the Skate Park is. We encourage people to get educated on that so everyone can enjoy the facility, plus also be safe. We are hoping that the informed public and especially the enthusiasts can be an arm of education for all, so that the facility serves the purpose for which it was built.”
You can see a full list of the park rules here.
Rod Boam contributed to this article.