GOCO helps fund Fruita Bike Park
By Kathleen Goddeyne
The Fruita Bike Park off of Colorado Highway 340, north of the Colorado River, will be changing in the coming months. The park will see new turf grass, two shelters with barbecue grills, a natural themed playground, two bike repair work stations complete with tools and a pump to lift bikes, and a xeriscaping demonstration garden. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has funded the project with $244,100 and the City of Fruita will be matching that with about $100,000 from the capital project fund making the additions a $350,000 project.
“The naturalistic playground will have large boulders with ropes,” said Fruita Parks and Recreation director, Ture Nycum. “Since it’s so close to the National Monument and has a natural setting, we wanted to capitalize on that.”
A trail through the park will also be constructed to get users to and from the new attractions. The xeriscape garden demonstrates and educates park users on what type of plants work well in this climate and setting. The garden will be coordinated with Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service and the Ute Water Conservancy District in the upcoming construction.
“We will be finalizing all of the plans over the next month or two and will be starting construction in mid to late spring. We should have it completed by the end of summer or the first of fall,” Nycum said.
The park, which was finished in spring of 2011, has five different zones including the Drop Zone, intended to give riders the chance to practice riding up and down “rock” ledges found on area trails, the beginner pumptrack zone, a starting point to learn how to jump and interpret natural terrain on the trail to pump a bicycle to maintain speed, the advanced pumptrack zone, the beginner and intermediate jumps arranged in a fashion to ride around and back to the start hill, the expert jumps zone, which has jumps and lines, and the skill trail with rocks and skinnies to challenge riders.
Fruita’s bike park was strategically placed, as the area was a high priority.
“We were shooting for a goal of trying to get a park within half a mile of the residents,” said Nycum. “This is going to be a great project. South Fruita needs something like this in their area.”