Dagny McKinley: No to bike park


The 2 acres of land in question is an area that is a critical water and flora resource for wild animals such as bear, elk, moose, fox, birds and more, especially in years of early winters or late springs with high precipitation that force animals to lower elevations to find food.

I also see no allocation of funds to restore the habitat after the three years is over. Who is responsible for those funds? To simply abandon the park after three years is not acceptable. A recession is not the time to start building, as we have clearly seen from the mess that is still sitting empty at the base of Mount Werner.

Who will measure the impact on the wildlife and what will be the comparison? At the end of three years if the flora and fauna are not restored to the same healthy levels as previously, then who will be held responsible for that?

Why do we need a temporary facility to provide instant gratification? Why aren’t we petitioning the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. or the city’s Howelsen Hill to implement more permanent structures there?

Here’s what I propose as three possible solutions:

■ Give funding to Ski Corp. to help finish construction and build a bike park there.

■ Buy a piece of private land and build a bike park there

■ Move to a town that already has a bike park and move back in three years when a more permanent structure may be in place.

If you think the last one is inconvenient, try explaining to the wildlife that are being displaced how inconvenient it will be for them to find another water and fauna resource in order to simply survive due to the wants not needs of man.

Dagny McKinley

Steamboat Springs


OnTheBusGus 5 years, 8 months ago

Dagney is correct, there are better places to build. Expand at Howelsen or near the pump track at the base area if there is enough space.


Dan Bourbeau 5 years, 8 months ago

Absolutely agree here, to destroy natural habitat for something so insignificant is ridiculous. Howelson is a much better place for a bike park.


kyle pietras 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm feelin the love from above! Open your minds people, we don't want to be a not in my back yard COMMUNITY.


Zac Brennan 5 years, 8 months ago

Howelsen is centrally located and right on the core trail. Seems like the best location.


blue_spruce 5 years, 8 months ago

"...Move to a town that already has a bike park ..."

why don't you move to a town that DOESN'T have a bike park, buddy!

get a life.


JustSomeJoe 5 years, 8 months ago

Blue Spruce, you must be involved in the effort somehow, because you didn't read the letter very well. There's plenty of biking related amenities in Steamboat already. We are surrounded by biking related amenities, parks and trails. The point is why displace more open space for a temporary learner's bike park when there are many more reasonable options already available?


Oshkoshgirl 5 years, 8 months ago

As was brought up after the original article, why was the proposal to build a disc golf course in Rita Valentine Park denied due to wildlife being agitated, but it is okay to build a bike park next to Whistler Park, where the same thing will happen, only on a much larger scale? I agree that a bike park would be much better suited to Howelson or the already existing pump track.


valerie jarvis 5 years, 8 months ago

This is not just a not in my back yard thing, it's a not a good idea thing. 700 club was not in my back yard, and it was not a good idea either, I voted against it, as did the majority of residents of Steamboat. All of Steamboat, is all of our back yards, it's not so wrong to want to protect the very reasons that brought most of us here in the first place. It certainly is not wrong to protect wild life and open space.


ski2 5 years, 8 months ago

This bike park is all "special interest." Howlelson is the best place to build, where this group meets to ride.


bobnbobber 5 years, 8 months ago

Gosh, do love the passion this town has for it's sports but we sure get carried away sometimes. Everyone seems so excited about biking right now it is overriding common sense. Thank you for a great letter, puts things back into focus.
When the biking craze is over, the wildlife will still be here and will still need a place to live. I hope that I'm not too far fetched in saying that it's the mountains & the wildlife that most of us live here for. Is nurturing nature to much to ask? I thought biking was supposed to be friendly to the environment.


ski2 5 years, 8 months ago

to everyone opposed to the bike park at whistler park, there is a meeting with parks/recreation commission on aug. 24, community center at 5:30 pm. Could use all support. thanks


JustSomeJoe 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey YVB - biking continues to boom and will for the foreseeable future.


It's a great, healthy, non-polluting way to get around, plus very good for you when you try to squeeze bike rides for exercise.

We riders appreciate your focus on our taints. However, you are behind the times. Most seats have a cut out for reduce pressure for both men and women. Love how you throw out a link between biking and prostate cancer, as if there's a direct correlation.


mtroach 5 years, 8 months ago

I admit I have a pain in my neck due to cycling... it's yvboy.


JustSomeJoe 5 years, 8 months ago

You heard it here first from YVB, there's a bike bubble. Short Trek, Giant, Shimano! time to make some money.

Hey YVB, you keep worry about biker's taints and yelling at bikers riding on the sidewalk - while you ARE DRIVING, but looking straight ahead no less. No one will think you are any stranger than they already do.


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