Bike Skills Park
Administration has discontinued work on the Bike Skills Park
At the February 22, 2016 Council Meeting, Council supported an amended version of the proposed motion to have Administration discontinue work on the Bike Skills Park project at the current location and have the balance of the project funds returned to the Major Recreation Facilities-City Wide Fund. View the Council Brief. After careful consideration, the best option for the Bike Skills Park was to stop work on it. Unfortunately, there isn't a feasible alternative location at this time and the current proposal did not get approval from the Alberta Environment Park Water Act. View the Agenda Report.
History of the Project
The Bike Skills Park was part of City Council's objective to cultivate a healthy and active community. It was set to strengthen St. Albert's social fabric and enhance recreational opportunities for all residents and surrounding communities.
On December 15th, 2014 Council approved the initiation of the design phase of the Bike Skills Park at the location seen above. View examples of other Bike Skills Parks in Western Canada.
Natural Areas Assessment
A Natural Areas Assessment was conducted and identified the environmental function and values at the Bike Skills Park location, assessing potential environmental impacts. Review the report.
The report identified six potential environmental effects out of a possible 48 potential interactions between the Park and the environment that needed further mitigation beyond best management practices. The City believed that the six environmental effects could be mitigated by focusing the development of the park in the grassland portion of the property, which was not considered a “natural area” due to human disturbances of the area over the last 40 years.
Land Use Bylaw
Once the design was completed using the findings and parameters in the Natural Areas Assessment, an application for a Land Use Bylaw Amendment was going to be made to the planning and development department. The bylaw amendment would have allowed fill below the designated flood line and added “Bike Skills Park” as a definition in the City’s Land Use Bylaw. View a complete description of the bylaws that were under review.
Questions or concerns?
If you have any questions about the Bike Skills Park, please contact:
Recreation & Parks
Last edited: April 19, 2017