Track expected to open for operations this summer
Site preparation has begun for the Whistler BMX Track at Bayly Park in the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood and track construction will begin soon.
Over the past week, material was moved to the site to level where the track will be built. An operational agreement between the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Whistler BMX was signed last month. Joyride Bike Parks Inc. will be the project’s primary contractor. Building work is expected to commence by mid-May with the track ready for use this summer.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the new BMX track in operation this summer. This track adds variety to Whistler’s recreation offering and furthers our popular bike culture. Thank you to the Whistler BMX Club for your dedicated work leading this project,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
The track is supported by donations to Whistler BMX by the RMOW. Donations to date include the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, the Spalding Family Foundation with American Friends of Whistler as well as Gibbons Whistler. BC Hydro and Tree Canada recently donated $6,200 to purchase 40 aspen trees to be planted near the track.
“We are excited to be on the ground moving material,” said Whistler BMX Track Director Brian Finestone, “We could not have made it this far without the assistance of Alpine Bike Parks and the RMOW in the planning phase, McElhanney for ground surveying and the local support from Whistler residents and our neighboring BMX communities in Squamish and Pemberton. Our start gate is being shipped next week.”
The land, as well as funds for track design, were contributed by the RMOW. The track design funds were from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative program. These Resort Municipality Initiative funds will be used to landscape around the track to ensure it is integrated within Bayly Park. Whistler BMX is continuing to accept donations to augment the track with a pump track and other needs.