By Zach Chouteau
The ambitious Dirt World venue, a robust 2.1-acre public bike park with tracks, jumps and obstacles, has set its sights on an early April debut.
“We’re expecting to be open for riding at the start of April—the only question mark is rain, which could push back our opening slightly,” said AC Thompson, a steering committee member with the project. “We will have a big launch party later in April, date to be determined, which we’ll be promoting soon.”
Its construction is led by Alex Fowler, an expert designer of dirt bike tracks and former BMX professional rider. The new park will be a part of the Richmond Greenway and set between 23rd and 20th streets parallel to Ohio and Chanslor avenues. It began as a pet project of Richmond residents Jasmine Malabed and Dennis “D2” Hoskins, founders of the Dope Sauce Bike Club—a community program connecting urban youth with an array of cycling activities.
“Our lead builder, Alex Fowler, has been working in a massive front-end loader since Monday (March 12),” Thompson elaborated on the park’s progress. “He’ll be joined by a second operator next week in a smaller machine. Late in the month we’ll bring out community members to do hand-shaping and buffing with shovels, rakes, and brooms. This phase of construction will wrap up on April First when our build team goes to Monterey to work at the Sea Otter Classic, a popular cycling festival.”
Thompson added that Fowler is crafting four awesome trails with jumps for riders of all different abilities that will be the only public dirt jumps in the East Bay core, with the closest other jumps about 50 miles away in Pleasanton. He also said that once the jumps are completed, builders will begin crafting a mountain bike skills trail, pump tracks, and BMX track.
To dig up more details on Dirt World, visit their website at www.dirtworld.org.