Construction of Whistler’s new BMX track in Bayly Park in the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood is nearing completion. Led by the volunteer-based Whistler BMX Club, the track and club caters to a wide range of abilities, from run bikers to beginner riders to national level athletes.
“The track compliments Whistler's ever growing bike culture, and diversifies the community's recreational offerings,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “The hard work and dedication of the Whistler BMX Club and collaboration with the Resort Municipality of Whistler, along with contributions from the Province, community organizations and volunteers have helped to make this project a reality.”
Added Whistler BMX President Jason Coleman, “We are looking forward to adding this amazing track to the Sea to Sky BMX circuit and broadening the BMX options available in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. We look forward to seeing the Whistler community come out to take part in this fabulous family-friendly sport.”
Participation in Whistler BMX events
Participation in Whistler BMX (WBMX) events requires membership with BMX Canada for insurance and safety. The club intends to host twice weekly evening events and occasional weekend events. A provincial qualifying event is scheduled for August 14, 2016.
Using the Whistler BMX track
Outside of sanctioned WBMX events, the BMX track is open to the public between dawn and dusk.
As a new amenity in a public setting, residents and visitors are requested to:
- Stay off the track when it is damp or wet. Accessing the track when it’s wet will damage the riding surface, which then needs to be repaired by volunteers. This takes away volunteers’ abilities to do other important tasks.
- Stay off the steep slopes on the backside of the corners and sides of the straightaways. These slopes look like fun places to play and spectate, but doing so undermines the stability of the berms.
- Ride the track in the correct direction as per the signs.
- Keep all dogs within the track area on leash.
- Stay off recently hydro seeded areas. Walking or riding on hydro seeded areas damages the seed, which has been planted to improve the appearance of the area and stability of slopes and berms.
A number of more track specific rules and etiquette are posted on site.
While the track is nearing completion, a number of improvements will continue to be implemented as funding and opportunities allow. This includes adjusting the start mound approach ramp and landscaping the area outside of the track. The latter will be landscaped by the municipality over the coming months to integrate the track within Bayly Park. This will include installation of low berms, hydro seeding and trees.
Parking for BMX events will be available in existing parking areas accessed from Jane Lakes Road, away from the developed area of the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood. A significant amount of overflow parking is available off Jane Lakes Road below Bayly Park. The municipality has made WBMX aware of parking opportunities, and WBMX has communicated this to its membership.
To use municipal park lands, the Whistler BMX Club and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) have entered into a formal License Agreement to guide operations and site responsibilities, including vehicle parking, noise, dust control, maintenance, permitted uses, times of use, clean-up, insurance and indemnity provisions. It is a five-year term that has provisions for renewal or early termination.
The land, as well as funds for track design and landscaping were contributed by the municipality from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative.
Funding for track construction has been raised by the WBMX Club. This includes primary partner funding from:
- Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
- The Spalding Family Foundation with American Friends of Whistler
- Gibbons Whistler
- BC Hydro/Tree Canada
Over 50 other business, individuals and organizations have also contributed to the construction of the track. A list is posted on site. WBMX continues to accept donations to help fund Club development and maintain the track. For more information contact WBMX at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.whistlerbmx.com.