Bike enthusiasts of all ages and experience now have, for a few years at least, an oasis near downtown Sacramento to brush up on their mountain biking skills. The 6-acre Township Nine Sacramento Bike Park, so named because it borders and will eventually be part of the Township Nine housing community in north Sacramento, is now open from dawn to dusk every day at no charge to users.
The park site, at North 7th and Vine Street off Richards Boulevard, has been used by bikers since September, but officially opened on a beautiful Halloween Saturday morning. Pro bikers were joined by the Sacramento Police Department bike unit and Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris to test out the park’s many hills designed to appeal to all experience levels.
The park was the result of a unique collaborative city and community effort started by Terry Cox, owner of College Cyclery, who plans to eventually include a bike and coffee shop in the community. Township Nine is allowing a one-year no cost lease, and the design of the park was engineered by Randy Spengler of the Mountain Bicycling Association.
The park will eventually be developed and become part of the Township Nine community. But until then — approximately five years — it will be heaven on earth for local bikers to enjoy.
Photos by Steve Martarano. Featured photo: Pro biker Alex Reveles.