A new bike park is under construction at Island 22 to replace the Sheffield jumps (above) which were leveled by the city last year.

A new bike park is under construction at Island 22 to replace the Sheffield jumps (above) which were leveled by the city last year.

Bike park prep starts in Chilliwack

Work is underway for the Island 22 Bike Park, a joint project of Fraser Valley Regional District and City of Chilliwack.

Island 22 Regional Park will be closed to vehicle traffic for the next couple of weeks as the site is readied to build the new bike park.

Work is underway for the Island 22 Bike Park, a joint project of Fraser Valley Regional District and City of Chilliwack.

It should be ready to go in April with jumps, trails and a skills area to challenge riders of all ages and ability.

After the city levelled the Sheffield bike jumps last year due to safety and liability issues, a better location was sought. Island 22 park was the logical choice, officials decided.

“It’s exciting that Chilliwack will soon be home to a fantastic bike park that will serve riders from our community and throughout the region,” said Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz, who is also chair of the FVRD.

Chilliwack is paying $200,000 in capital costs for the design and construction, and FVRD will contribute $10,000 for the annual maintenance and supervision costs.

Bike park designer and builder Jay Hoots is preparing several designs, after meeting with a focus group of bike park jump users last month. Follow the plans on www.facebook.com/island22bikepark. Hoots will use feedback to refine his concepts into a set of working drawings for construction.