Vernonia Bike Skills Park gets funding boost

Future site of Bike Skills Park.
Photo: Ric Balfour/City of Vernonia

Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle manufacturers and retailers, has just announced they will give a $5,000 grant to the Vernonia Bike Skills Park.

Here’s the official word:

“Our funding is earmarked for construction of the skills development trail, the first element of the park. When complete, the skills park will include also a BMX track, pump track, cyclocross course, and singletrack trails.”


Vernonia, is a small, rural town just 45 miles west of Portland. In March, I brought you the story of their burgeoning, grassroots effort to become a bike destination (they call it “Velo-nia”). The effort is being spearheaded by an enthusiastic community and trail consultant Ric Balfour.

This Bikes Belong grant will be added to a $10,000 grant the project has already received from the Cycle Oregon Fund.

Perhaps when Balfour is done with this project, someone will hire him to build a similar facility in Portland?

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mmann
mmann
17 years ago

Sweet! And a designated Cyclocross course, possibly open to practice on? How cool is that.

me
me
17 years ago

All I used to know Vernonia for was their drunk loggers brawlin’ out in the streets…m thru f. Boy have times changed.

Caps
Caps
17 years ago

Now that is a bike friendly town and will put Portland to shame.

More $$ to the oil companies I guess since most will realistically drive to get there.

Props to Vernonia!

Paul
Paul
17 years ago

Yes, this is what Portland needs. Hopefully when Ric is finished, it will help show Parks Chief Dan Saltzman how to get things like this done. Great work Ric and Velonia!

josh m
josh m
17 years ago

I am actually sitting in Vernonia right now.
I’ve not seen drunken loggers brawling in the streets in a long time. that usually only happens during jamboree.