Bike Parks Coming to Indiana

Two bikes parks are on tap for development in Indiana. These parks are being developed because local municipalities wanted them, and they’ve hired professional trail builders for the construction.

The first, and smallest, is being developed in the Fishers/Geist area at a small park at 101st and Cyntheanne Rd. east of Geist Reservoir. The Indiana Business Journal wrote an article about the project in 2013. In short, the park consists of 80 acres total and will include a progressive bike park, sledding hill, zip line, and more traditional facilities like a playground and picnic areas.

Fishers has hired Progressive Trail Design to develop the bike park portion. A followup article in IBJ from 2014 provides some more details and updates. The park still does not yet have an official name.

The second project occurring near Terre Haute will be much larger and be able to attract riders from much further away. It is being developed by Nat Lopes at Hilride. The Vigo County Parks board decided to build the Griffin Bike Park within Fowler Park. Fowler Park was obtained from the Peabody Coal Company and was named in memory of Captain Eugene Fowler, the first man from Vigo County to lose his life in the Vietnam War. A memorial will be built at Griffin Bike Park’s entrance from Bono Road in honor of Dale Griffin, a U.S. Army Sgt. killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb in October 2009. The Griffin Bike Park will cover about 300 acres within the park and consist of about 16 miles of trails, ranging from novice family-friendly trails to advanced trails with log rides, ladder bridges, jumps, drops, wall rides, step-ups, step-downs, a pump section with 20-40ft tall pumps, a 7 acre terrain park with a dual-slalom track, dirt jumps, and a pump track.

The Trib Star wrote an article summarizing the project in March 2014. The Griffin Bike Park has a Facebook page with updates and a detailed conceptual plan of the bike park can be viewed here.

If you like Ray’s indoor bike park, technical riding, pump tracks, and big air, follow these projects for updates.

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