Bike Parks in Minneapolis
Minneapolis has four bike parks with 11 more included in Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board master plans to be built in the future. The current bike parks are listed below. Detail for the bike parks in the master plans can be found here.
Bike Parks in Minneapolis:
Perkins Hill, 300 34th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Lake Nokomis, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Bryn Mawr, 601 Morgan Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Northeast Park, 1615 Pierce St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
What is a Bike Park?
A bike park is a dedicated space that is purpose built for bike related activities that allow new and experienced bikers to hone their skills. These spaces don't need to be a certain shape and don't have an official size requirement, they can be worked into almost any space and often times co-exist with other park amenities like, skate parks, basketball courts, and ball fields. Bike parks usually consist of one or more of the following elements: bicycle playgrounds, pump tracks, jump lines, skills courses, and trails.
Bike parks appeal to a wide range of riders and provide family-friendly recreation while helping foster a community atmosphere in a unique outdoor setting.
Elements of a Bike Park
These are a few terms and features found in and around a bike park.
Bicycle Playgrounds include features like ladder bridges, rollers, tunnels, and even teeter-totters specifically designed to offer a variety of fun obstacles that safely build cycling confidence.
A circuit of banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders "pumping" - creating momentum by up and down body movements. These tracks can be constructed with dirt or asphalt.
Skills courses are typically short natural surfaced sections of trail that contain features built with wood, rock, and dirt that mimic some of the technical elements that would find on single track.
Natural surface trails the width of a single bike specifically designed for mountain biking. It is often smooth and flowing, but may also feature technical sections, banked turns, hills and switch-backs.