City of Benton Shares Plans for New Bike Park

City of Benton Shares Plans for New Bike Park

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Benton Parks and Recreation has finalized a concept plan for a future Mountain Bike Park. The Park has been in the planning stages for over a year and will include roughly 1.3 miles of multi-use natural surface trail and 1.2 miles of bike park trail. The park will be connected to Ralph Bunche Park, the future Southwest Trail, and paved greenway trails.

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“This park will provide a unique experience for beginner and advanced riders. We have been working with some of the best leaders in the industry and are proud to showcase the work,” said Parks Director Stephanie Jones.

The current design includes cross-country trails, a pumptrack, and a skills area including a downhill skills area. These areas will feature jumps, berms, and rock gardens. Other park infrastructure includes parking, a pavilion, a food truck spot, and a playground. Bathroom facilities will be available at the nearby Ralph Bunche Park.
According to Assistant Parks Director, Junior Rodeleyer, the final cost for the park will be approximately $4,000,000 and be paid for with a combination of grants and park funds.

With the support of the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation, Progressive Trail Design, and McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc., Benton will soon be home to a family-friendly recreational area that promotes physical activity and skill progression for all ages. The park will allow riders of all levels to improve their skills in a safe and controlled environment.

“Arkansas has some of the best trails in the Nation and we are excited to expand upon that growth here in Benton,” Jones added.

This innovative park will also be home to Benton Public Schools National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Team. Construction is scheduled for mid-late 2023.

Bike trails continue to grow across the state. Read about this trend in our article on “The New Playground.”
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