The Columbia River Gorge has a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities and it's about to get one more.
The Spoke Club, a "group of White Salmon parents who are enthusiastic about mountain biking for the whole family" approached the White Salmon City Council last month about putting in a bike park that could be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.
White Salmon Mayor David Poucher and the city council approved of the bike park, which will be located on vacant city land adjacent to the ball parks at the Jewett Sports Complex in between Tohomish and Center streets.
The park will consist of 19 acres of trails, jumps, berms and challenges ranging from beginner to expert skill levels. Riders can choose from a freeride track, a BMX track and a skills area that will have such features as log steps, boulder chokes, bridges and teeter-totters.
The Spoke Club says all of the park will be professionally built in accordance to the International Mountain Biking Association standards. Though it will be located on city land, it will use no city funds. Money for the park will be raised via private donations. The estimated cost to design, build, and maintain the park is $20,000.
The park is being built in conjunction with the Mt. Adams Parks and Recreation District and also with the support of the Bingen-White Salmon Business Partners.
Right now, work on the park is planned to commence in June and to be completed by August. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.whitesalmonbikepark.com or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Spoke Club member Dave Nunn at 637-5442.