Bike park opening this week

Mickey Djuric
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Throughout the week, drivers have not only been driving past the YaraCentre, but they've been stopping their cars and getting their feet dirty.

"Everyone is pretty excited," said Cpl. Taylor Mickleborough, president of the Moose Jaw Police Association (MJPA). "We've been getting some pretty good interactions. It's really creating a buzz in the community."

Of course he's talking about the Moose Jaw Police Association Bike Park, the province's very first. 

Located on a one-acre patch of land directly west of the YaraCentre, Jay Hoots, the designer of the park, his crew of four, Moose Jaw police officers and a bunch of volunteers have tirelessly worked to complete it.

"It's one thing to see a picture, and another thing to see it come to life."

Early this week, the skills park will be complete, following 10 days of intense building. 

The MJPA have relied on help from local businesses to help fund the project. With donations from small businesses and local support, the MJPA was able to raise $100,000 to build.

"It's cool to be working on a project where people are doing what they said they were going to do," said Hoots. 

"We try not to have expectations on any decisions, but the business community, police association and everyone involved have really stepped up to the plate and made significant contributions. 

Once the bike park is complete it will be ready for use and is open to any and all skill levels.

"You don't have to be intermediate or very advanced. It allows users of the park to get comfortable with their own skill set before they advance to the next stage of jumps," says Mickleborough.

"You'll never be in over your head here. The focus is going to be on having fun."

The MJPA hopes they can continue to build the park in coming years. The bike skills park is currently situated on an acre, but the park is only half an acre. 

"The first phase will be finished to perfection. Then we'll be looking to the future. There is more potential in the future to develop."

Hoots and his crew - who have been using the park in-between shovelling dirt - are grateful for the community's cooperation and patience with the park. 

"I can't say enough about the work ethic, this community and the hospitality," said Hoots. "It's been open arms. Seems as though everywhere we go everybody knows the bike park is happening, and that's pretty cool."

Community Partners:

- Moose Jaw Co-op

- Evans Excavating

- Associated Canadian Travelers

- The RM of Moose Jaw

- Simpson Seeds

- Cypress Paving 

- Moose Jaw Pavers

- Silver Star Salvage

- Aspen Dental

- City of Moose Jaw

- Northwest Community Association

- Folgizan Insurance

- Mercury Service Ltd.

- Clark's Supply & Service 

- Moose Jaw Police Association 

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or on Twitter @MickeyDjuric.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Association Bike Park, Moose Jaw Co-op, Mercury Service Clark's

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Silver Star

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