Big Rock Bike Park continues to expand its offerings
The North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department officially opened the Big Rock Quarry Bike Park in January 2022. This September, the department hosted the groundbreaking for the Big Dam Bridge North Plaza, a facility designed to improve the outdoor experience for pedestrians and cyclists at the base of the Big Dam Bridge. Other recent improvements along the Arkansas River Trail (ART) in North Little Rock include the city engineering department connecting the trail with a paved path, separated from River Road, between Rockwater Village to Riverview Park. Under the direction of Parks and Recreation Director, Steve Shields, the North Little Rock section of the ART is getting a nice facelift and improved facilities for outdoor recreation.
This week, fabricated equipment arrived at Big Rock Quarry Park as part of the next phase of creating a bicycling destination for all ages and types of riders. According to Shields, there are six skill structures being added this week by American Ramp Company/Progressive Bike Ramps just to the left of the pump track (as you approach from the road). Today, through the weekend, the city will be adding landscaping for both looks and to control erosion around the structures. The city is not planning a dedication but expects to have the new section open by early next week. Funding for this phase came from leftover monies from the pump track construction and the park’s 2022 capital budget.
“This is something we needed, due to the popularity of the pump track, we needed to give users other skills areas to enjoy to relieve congestion.” – Steve Shields.
Director Shields said, “This is something we needed, due to the popularity of the pump track, we needed to give users other skills areas to enjoy to relieve congestion.” When asked about future improvements or added facilities, the director said that he and Mayor Hartwick would be meeting soon to look at more options for the Quarry Park area.
(Photos courtesy of Angry Dave’s Bicycles)