Louisville, Ky. (May 9, 2017) —A hub for the growing Louisville bicycling community will soon open at The Parklands of Floyds Fork! On Saturday, May 27, 2017, the Silo Center Bike Park in Turkey Run Park opens to the public, offering flow trails, a skills loop and pump tracks, all specially built by the talented professionals at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
“The Silo Center Bike Park offers park guests the opportunity to improve their biking skills on some of the best constructed trails east of the Mississippi,” said Parks Director Scott Martin. “Facilities like this are normally found in the western U.S. and mountain-sports oriented communities. By partnering with IMBA’s design team, The Parklands has built a progressive system that provides the perfect place to learn how to mountain bike.”
Amenities offer beginners a smooth introduction and opportunities that are more challenging for experienced riders. Visitors can go at their own pace, testing and improving riding abilities using the skills loop and beginner pump track working their way up to more-difficult flow trails and an intermediate pump track.
"The Silo Center Bike Park is a prime example of what is possible when a community comes together with a big vision to make the magic and freedom of riding a bike come alive,” said Andy Williamson, Director of Programs for IMBA. “IMBA is proud to be a partner in this model trail system and we can't wait to join 21st Century Parks and the local mountain bike community in sharing it with riders from across the country."
Join us as we celebrate this new Louisville attraction during an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Brown-Forman Silo Center in Turkey Run Park. Following the ceremony, riders can explore trails and features. The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KyMBA) will be on hand to help guests brush up on their riding skills before they hit the trails. Visitors can also learn more about how to prepare for their ride from local organizations and vendors, including Louisville Bicycle Club, Middletown Cycles, On Your Left Cycles, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling and Bike Louisville.
About The Parklands of Floyds Fork
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. Ongoing operations and maintenance are funded solely through private donations and an endowment fund. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at www.theparklands.org/member.
Being a donor-supported public park means we rely on donations, not tax dollars, for annual operations each year. Because of your generosity, we are able to maintain, program, and further develop this extraordinary public space without charging an entry fee. Together we work to enhance quality of life and help our community and economy grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable for people of all ages. Help us reach our goal of sustaining The Parklands by becoming a Member today.
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