Mountain-bike course in the works for Fishers

March 21, 2014
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Fishers is moving ahead with plans for a mountain-bike course at its work-in-progress park at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road, hiring an expert trail builder to design and install it.

Progressive Trail Design will be paid $120,000 for its work at what’s still being called Cyntheanne Park South.

Indianapolis-based landscape architecture firm Rundell Ernstberger & Associates is handling overall park design, and the town is expected to solicit bids for construction in the next couple weeks.

The town has about $3.5 million budgeted for the project, which was promised when Fishers annexed the nearby Geist area.

Parks Director Tony Elliot told the Town Council this week that the 1.5-mile progressive course expected to draw visitors to the park. Beginner and intermediate bicyclists are expected to encounter rugged trails studded with rocks, logs and assorted manmade features like ramps and berms.

Progressive Trail Design’s Jason Stouder told the council the bike trail will be “unique to this area.” The Arkansas-based company’s nearest installation is in Milwaukee, he said.

Elliot said the town wants to open the mountain-bike course and a planned sledding hill at the 60-acre park by late fall. Additional amenities—including a boardwalk trail and treehouses—should follow next year. (There’s been no recent mention of a zip line, which was on an early wish list.)  

Installing such a trail requires expertise, Elliot said in a memo to the council. Using a company that specializes in such projects “will ensure the bike trail will be durable, safe, and usable by riders of all levels.”

Fishers is receiving a “substantially discounted price” by working through the National Joint Powers Alliance, a national pricing cooperative.

The town is in the process of annexing the park property now.

  • Congrats to Fishers
    Congrats to Fishers for spending a lot of taxpayer's money that will only benefit a fraction of a percent of the population that will actually use this amenity. Bikers who are really interested in this sort of thing have plenty of other options in the central Indiana area. Who's making money off this project and how much did they contribute to Fishers politicos?
    • Faulty Logic
      By this logic, we should also discontinue funding for the summer concert series and the dog park too. After all, so few take advantage of these amenities. While I don't own a dog, I can understand why having the park can be a valuable addition to the community. When we invest these types of projects, which add value to the community, all of our lives are enriched.
      • jp = idiot
        so if i follow your line of thinking we should just do away with parks all together. i dont have kids who play soccer, but yet there parks all over the place covered with soccer fields. or how about Lacrosse? talk about a fraction of the public. every attraction to a park wont benefit every person. but the parks dept tries to have something for everybody. give it a rest and remember that all those bikers are tax payers too.
      • Expertise? 1.5 Miles?
        A 1.5 mile trail is remarkably short, and there is no reason to hire a firm at this point. Please consult with IMBA ( they are a non-profit group with tons of experience in designing and building mountain bike trails. They are behind the Brown County Park Trails. Also partnering with Hoosier Mountain Bike Association will bring in both volunteers and users. In 2005 the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) was awarded a $150k RTP Grant for Brown County State Park. The HMBA Trail Fund was started in 2006 to provide the funds needed to cash flow the RTP project. HMBA’s success with the RTP grant lead to a $250k State Trail Grant. The RTP and State Trail Grants allowed HMBA to combine volunteer and professional trail builders and resulted in the following trails. Pine Loop (Brown County State Park): Beginner Trail Limekiln (Brown County State Park): Beginner Trail Walnut (Brown County State Park): Most Difficult Trail Schooner Trace (Brown County State Park): Extremely Difficult Trail New Trail (Brown County State Park): New trail currently under construction Cliffside (Versailles State Park): More Difficult Trail Shadow Run (Versailles State Park): Beginner Trail Rocky Ridge (O’Bannon Woods State Park): More Difficult Fire Tower Connector (O’Bannon Woods State Park): Beginner Trail Sycamore (Harmonie State Park): Beginner Trail Walnut (Harmonie State Park): More Difficult You can help HMBA build more trails through out the State of Indiana. The HMBA Trail Fund will allow for the professional trail builders to design and build world class mountain bike trails and will provide HMBA with funds for matching grant opportunities.
      • Great idea, but lacks substance
        In regards to a 1.5 mi course its simply way to small. It would be fine for a bike shop demo course but for an actual bike park its basically a joke. I have not seen the layout but with 60 acres you should have no problem with doing at least 6 miles. If its a bike park that you are looking to build look at other cities such as Boulder Colorado with the Valmont Bike Park. Mountain bike trails nationwide cost very little. All the mountain bike trails in Indiana cost the taxpayers less than one neighboring town spent on statues in the last few years. Do your homework and get this right. A true bike park would be a draw, however, the site chosen may not meet any of the goals. Something to consider.
      • Missing the point
        I think posters are missing the point. This is not supposed to be a "draw" or a cyclist dream trail. This is a community ammenity for the families and residents of Fishers. I'm sure it will be a Very popular trail for those who want something different and fun.
        • Bob=right; JP=wrong
          Bob, my sentiments exactly. JPFinad, what's the can't ride a bike? The park is open to everyone. So what if some don't want to use it. Silly criticism.
        • Too Short to be Worth It
          This isn't going to do any good. Love the thought and effort, but 4 mile loop minimum is needed! Or a two 3 mile loops. This will not work at 1.5 mile! To pack up a bike to go here, no. I'd have to ride this 5-7 times to get a decent ride in. Same thing that many times isn't going to work for me. Is the HMBA involved at all on this?!?! They build and maintain many of the trails in Indiana. They are the local experts. Seems sketchy if they are not involved.
        • Concert series
          Now that you mention it, why shouldn't people who want to attend concerts pay for the pleasure of doing so? Why should govt be subsidizing their private enjoyment?
        • Access Trails
          Hello All, Whilst this trail is likely too short for the majority of two wheelers out there, it is not too short for the majority of people who ride on sidewalks and paths to get to dinner or to enjoy time outside. Carmel has the hazel landing mountain bike path and the river road at 126th st mountain bike trails. Both are relatively short (1-2 miles if i remember correctly). I go and pound out quite a few miles at Town Run, but when i want to introduce someone completely virgin to the concept of mountain biking, the other trails provide a way for them to get comfortable. The trails are not as polished or flow as nicely as Town Run, but that is not the point, the only other place many people can put rubber to dirt is in their backyards if they are living in a detached home. Good on you Fishers! Now just take back the flood plain at NW corner of 96th and allisonville and make the MTB trail that always was, and always could be. ;-)

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