Vernon mountain bikers are getting a whole lot more trail to shred, thanks to the provincial government.
The city received a $500,000 grant from the Destination Development Fund from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport for the revitalization of the Becker Bike Park.
“We are very excited to receive this funding. The revitalization of Becker Bike Park will help create a modern mountain bike skills park in the heart of our city; providing a safe, fun, and progressive environment for riders of all abilities,” said Mayor Victor Cumming.
The project is currently in the design phase, as early plans include improvements and additions to the trail network, a paved pump track, bike skills and a dirt jump area along with new signage and a parking lot renewal.
The design phase will continue throughout the year, with construction set to begin in spring 2024.
“We’re excited to see this funding come in and boost the successes of Becker Park to the next level,” said Jason Martin, trails director with the North Okanagan Cycling Society. “We’ve been working for a long time to find a suitable venue for a paved pump track and dirt jumps, and now it’s good to see it happening. This project will also see a fun, playful, progressive playground for all ages and abilities. This is a great win for the community and will provide a long-lasting high-end facility for many.”
Greater Vernon, recently dubbed the Trails Capital of B.C, has a trails network that includes Becker, Predator Ridge, Ellison, Silver Star and Kalamalka Lake.