By Mike Kinney
The highly-anticipated Dirt World bike park in Richmond, which had its debut delayed due to weather-related factors, is on track to be completed by next week, said lead track builder Alex Fowler, owner of Action Sports Construction and a former BMX professional.
Dirt World is the East Bay’s first public bike park, home to pump tracks, jumps and obstacles, and a mini-BMX track, aimed at serving a wide range of skill levels. Located on a 2.1-acre lot along the Richmond Greenway trail between 23rd and 20th streets (parallel to Ohio and Chanslor avenues), the park will serve riders of both BMX and mountain bikes.
The project fills a void of available bike tracks in the region, according to the sport’s participants and enthusiasts. As reported by The Standard writer Zach Chouteau in March, “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.”
“There’s 3,500 skate parks in the United States, and roughly a few hundred bike parks,” Fowler said. “There’s a big wave of these bicycle parks coming in the next decade or so.”
Richmond residents Jasmine Malabed and Dennis “D2” Hoskins, founders of the Dope Sauce Bike Club, inspired the project. More information about Dirt World can be accessed here.
Constructing the new bike park costs about $60,000, with funding and support credited to the Chevron Environmental Community Investment Agreement, Overaa Construction, Ida and William Rosenthal Foundation, Action Sports Construction, Chris Brawer,Title Nine, Ghilotti Brothers Inc., Richmond Rotary, Ice Chamber Athletic Performance Training, Dante Buckley, Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay, Love Your Block Richmond, City of Richmond and volunteers and individual donors.
Find more info on Dirt World at www.dirtworld.org.