(From Media Release)
Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission To Build New Downhill Mountain Bike Recreation Area At Lake Leatherwood City Park.
A cooperative agreement just formalized between the Eureka Springs (AR) Parks & Recreation Commission and the Walton Family Foundation will result in an exciting and unique new downhill feature for mountain bikers in this Northwest Arkansas region. This will continue to build on the region’s popularity as a cycling destination for riders from all across the country and globe.
Plans are underway to add several downhill courses in the area of the existing downhill course at Lake Leatherwood City Park. The new lines and drop in location improvements will allow for shuttles to take riders from the bottom to the top of the course for enduro-style races and recreational use alike.
“This type of riding experience is becoming increasingly popular across the country,” said Eureka Springs Parks Director Justin Huss. “We have an elevation change in our park that is well suited for this type of usage. Because of that elevation change, it is also an area of the park that is not suitable for most other uses or development, but with multiple downhill courses it should become something unmatched in a large geographic area that allows us to build on our long heritage as a bona fide mountain biking destination.”
The project will be designed by renowned trail designer Aaron Rodgers and his crew with Rock Solid Trails out of Michigan. Rock Solid is known for their amazing gravity riding creations across the country, as well as low impact projects.
The project is expected to get underway in late November 2017. This “Phase One” project is expected to be completed by the end of April 2018.