New bike skills park in Boise is a game changer for mountain bikers

Posted at 9:18 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 19:01:22-05

BOISE, Idaho — The new eight-acre bike skills park in Boise is officially open for riders, giving the biking community an early Christmas present.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park provides riders with several different options to improve their skills, ranging from beginning rides to tracks that can be pretty intense and intimidating.

The Treasure Valley is already a mecca for mountain biking, however riders now believe the new park will put Boise on the map for exterme biking.

"It's going to make Boise a destination spot for mountain bikes," said Kevin Lillywhite who works at George's Cycles. "It is unbelievable the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has put some serious money and thought into the community."

6 On Your Side met a father and son who traveled from outside the Treasure Valley to check out the park, and it was pretty amazing to see how the young kid progressed in just one afternoon.

"I love it, it is super awesome," said Tor Johnston who came from Sun Valley. "At a place like this where you can lap stuff, it is super easy to learn it quick and just work your way up."

Riders do need to pay attention to conditions though, because wet weather will close down the dirt track.

Here is a link to the Boise Parks & Recreation Department's website where people can check conditions of the park.

The asphalt pump track will remain open even in wet conditions, and the Parks & Rec Department plans on having a ribbon cutting ceremony this spring.