How it began
- August 24, 2023: College Station City Council discontinues Texas Independence Ballpark project – The Eagle (PDF)
- Due to soil deficiencies discovered at the site, constructing large paved surfaces, such as parking lots, is not practically or financially feasible.
- October 25, 2023: First presentation to the City Council. Kim spoke for the middle- and high school MTB team, and having safe spaces to allow more kids on bikes. Her impassioned speech, an act impossible to follow, starts at 16:25 of this video recording. (https://collegestationtx.portal.civicclerk.com/event/3580/media)
Where things are now
- October 30, 2023: Capital Projects held an open house public meeting. Among many great ideas presented, bike park/trails option received a strong support.
- November 9, 2023: City Council meeting > Capital Projects Update. Site stabilization effort was deemed as an opportunity to quickly put together a prototype pump track/skills park. (Skip to 1:30:30: https://collegestationtx.portal.civicclerk.com/event/3601/media)
- November 20, 2023: (TBD) a follow-up presentation to the city council is planned, to emphasize that this bike park plan will be for All Ages & Abilities, instead of a niche sport need.
- December 11, 2023: Capital Projects will update the council with a much broader plan.
Where we could go
- Skills park for all levels: a bike playground for toddlers on balance bikes, and a pump track for intermediate to advanced level riders
- Accessible by bike: Connect to Lick Creek Hike & Bike trail, as well as multi-use path being built along Rock Prarie Road
- Integrate with other uses: a dog park, frisbee golf, running trails, and a greater greenspace. Perhaps even a coffee shop in the woods!
How You can help
- Reach out and tell us! There are many interest groups already united in this shared vision.
- Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
- Talk to the city officials. If you don’t know how, we can help.
Thanks and more soon!