By Cameron Smyth
Santa Clarita City Mayor
Have you had the opportunity to ride over to the City of Santa Clarita’s newest public amenity? Whether you’re a novice or expert mountain biker, or BMX rider, I can guarantee that you’ll spend hours discovering all that the Santa Clarita Bike Park has to offer.
Designed to suit the needs of riders of all ages and experience levels, the Santa Clarita Bike Park is a one-of-a-kind location in Santa Clarita to develop new mountain biking and BMX skills and sharpen those that will take you to the top of the sport.
The bike park, which is located among the hills next to the George A. Caravalho Santa Clarita Sports Complex Gymnasium (20870 Centre Pointe Parkway), offers riders approximately seven acres to explore.
The Santa Clarita Bike Park features a number of single-track mountain bike trails to ride, ranging from easy to difficult. These trails take you up, over and around a number of hills in the park and give riders sweeping, unparalleled views of the Santa Clarita Valley.
Riders will also find approximately 330 yards of track, featuring banks and combination jumps, including step-ups, step-downs, rollers and table tops.
This new amenity is something the community has wanted in Santa Clarita, and we are proud to see it has been completed. The mountain biking and BMX communities in Santa Clarita continue to grow and we are all thrilled that riders have a place they can call their own without having to drive hours to find a track or trails for practice.
It is heartening that while there are still so many restrictions in place, residents have a new activity that we all CAN DO in Santa Clarita.
Earlier in September, the City Council held a small ribbon-cutting ceremony with our partners from the SCV Bicycle Coalition and Trek Bicycle Corporation, and since then hundreds of riders have come to the park after school, around work schedules and on the weekends.
We were also thankful to have Trek professional rider Ryan Howard break in the track and, I must say, I was amazed by what he showed us out there! If you haven’t seen the footage yet, I encourage you to visit the City of Santa Clarita’s Facebook page to watch the video.
Now is a great time to start exploring the Santa Clarita Bike Park. Like other parks in Santa Clarita, it is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
Please make sure that you wear your safety gear while riding and watch out for other riders using the trails and track areas.
You can also share the photos and videos you take with the City on Instagram by tagging the City of Santa Clarita and using #SCBikePark. I look forward to hearing and seeing how you like the new Santa Clarita Bike Park!
Mayor Cameron Smyth is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at csmyth@santa-
clarita.com. The views expressed in his column are those of the City and do not necessarily reflect those of The Signal.