‘Dynamic and inclusive’ bike park for West Seattle? New group ready to roll

(Images provided by Friends of West Seattle Bike Park. Above, possible location off 35th south of Alaska)

Could that strip of city-owned land south of Rotary Viewpoint Park (35th/Alaska) be transformed into West Seattle’s first bike-skills park? Or another location? The new group Friends of West Seattle Bike Park says it’s something missing and needed on our peninsula, and wants you to know what they’re advocating for, as well as how you can join in:

Skills parks for bikes promote healthy lifestyles, are increasingly popular with people of all ages and abilities, and are currently a long drive from West Seattle.

Friends of West Seattle Bike Park (FOWSBP) is proposing the establishment of a modest public bike-skills park in West Seattle. This park will serve as an inclusive community hub for cyclists and other wheeled adventurers of all ages and skill levels, providing a safe and accessible environment for outdoor adventure and community building.


The primary objective of the proposed skills park is to create a dynamic and inclusive space where individuals and families can experience the thrill of mountain biking, BMXing, dirt jumping, one-wheeling and ADA-accessible biking/wheeling, while promoting physical activity, outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and community building. Additionally, the park aims to foster a sense of community among cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, promoting social interaction and camaraderie. We are committed to utilizing the diverse skills, talents, and resources of West Seattle residents towards the creation of more than just a recreational area – we are building a symbol of community collaboration and pride.

Facility Features

The bike skills park is envisioned to feature a variety of trails and amenities designed to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities. Key conceptual features of the park include:

(Dirt pump track in Baltimore)

Pump Track: A loop that consists of a series of rollers and berms. The “pump” part is the pushing-down and pulling-up action performed by riders in accordance with the structure’s design as the main source of propulsion. It’s a thrilling experience because users experience an up-and-down feeling of weightlessness, similar to the drops and climbs in a roller-coaster, but on a micro-level.

(Paved pump track in Port Angeles)

Pump tracks are designed this way so they can be ridden completely without the need for pushing and pedaling and a great avenue for new riders to learn how to ride a bike. The pump track will include design elements making it ADA-accessible.

Skills Area: A designated skills area equipped with features such as rock gardens, boulders and skinnys to help riders develop and improve their biking skills in a controlled environment.

Jump Lines: A diverse network of three to five trails catering to beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Trails will vary in difficulty and terrain, offering a range of experiences from gently sloping, rollable table tops to large steep-faced jumps. The trails will be designed to allow riders to progress safely and confidently as their skills develop and be ADA-accessible where possible. These trails will also allow for the general public to observe and rally behind the aerial capabilities of some very talented West Seattle-based riders!

Amenities: The envisioned park design includes amenities such as picnic tables, a drinking fountain and a tool stand to enhance the overall visitor experience and encourage prolonged stays.

Safety Measures: Safety is a top priority, and the park will implement well proven design measures that allow riders to push themselves as much as desired, in a controlled environment.

Community Engagement

Community engagement and involvement will be integral to the success of the bike skills park. To foster a sense of ownership and pride among West Seattle residents, the park will offer opportunities for volunteerism, educational programs, events, and workshops focused on biking skills, trail stewardship, and environmental conservation.


The establishment and operation of the bike skills park will require collaboration with various stakeholders, including local government agencies, cycling organizations, environmental groups, community members, and local businesses. Partnerships will be sought to secure funding, resources, expertise, and ongoing support for the development and maintenance of the park.

The establishment of a public bike-skills park in West Seattle presents an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant yet modest outdoor recreational area that promotes health, wellness, and community engagement. With careful planning, collaboration, and investment, we can realize the vision of a unique facility that enriches the lives of residents and visitors alike. We look forward to working with stakeholders to bring this vision to fruition and create lasting memories for generations to come.

In the coming weeks, FOWSBP will launch a website which will serve as a centralized location for community members to stay updated on project happenings, submit feedback on project design and location, and provide a schedule of times and locations for public meetings.

Being that FOWSBP is still very much in its infancy, we are looking for volunteers interested in supporting this effort. Immediate needs are folks that can write grant proposals/navigate the grant seeking process, are familiar with web design, and those that can produce conceptual renderings of skills park designs. Please send an email to friendsofwestseattlebikepark@gmail.com if you would like to be part of this amazing project!

For more information on pump tracks, please explore the links below:

Bermstyle – Guide to pump tracks
Port Angeles Pump Track Grand Opening

The new group says they’ve already had a preliminary discussion with Parks about the possible location shown atop this story but it’s very early and they’re truly interested in feedback about the site and the overall idea.

118 Replies to "'Dynamic and inclusive' bike park for West Seattle? New group ready to roll"

  • CARGUY April 22, 2024 (3:20 pm)

    NO WAY!!!! Please please please make this happen! This will have me dust off my old Kona Explosif.

  • star 55 April 22, 2024 (3:29 pm)

    I love this idea for West Seattle !!!!

  • Jay April 22, 2024 (3:31 pm)

    These facilities always have a huge, positive impact on communities. NIMBYs will for sure call on TV stereotypes of skateboarders and BMX riders, but these parks are a great place for kids to hang out and have fun in the presence of adults who will act as mentors. Look at the Delridge skate park, one of the cleanest and safest public parks in West Seattle. Don’t want bored kids causing havok around town? Give them something positive to do. This project is a no-brainer, absolutely worth it.

    • Jennifer April 22, 2024 (8:48 pm)

      This would be so great!

  • Alex B April 22, 2024 (3:34 pm)

    Would love to see this! 

  • Adam April 22, 2024 (3:37 pm)

    Desperately need more of this in the city, and I can’t wait to take my kids!

  • Go Parks! April 22, 2024 (3:38 pm)

    I don’t bike, but I think a bike park would be a great addition to West Seattle! I also think the location proposed would be perfect. I hope this project gains traction. 

  • Adam April 22, 2024 (3:39 pm)

    This would be amazing to have in the city!

  • Max Power April 22, 2024 (3:39 pm)

    This is exactly the kind community engaged and inclusive activity we need for our children and families in West Seattle. 

  • Sara April 22, 2024 (3:40 pm)

    This is a great idea!  I would love to see a local bike park for my daughter and her friends to play at.

  • Yes please! April 22, 2024 (3:44 pm)

    Yes vote!!

  • Park for me not for thee April 22, 2024 (3:44 pm)

    Newly made group… asking to use tax funds to pay for a niche activity’s space and then claiming if they get their plan, the space will of course be accessible to “all wheels”. Which is it Friends of West Seattle Bike Park or Friends of West Seattle All Wheels Park?Wasn’t the whole justification for turning 34th into a Healthy Street was that it is supposed to be used for biking activities like this? Why not turn this space into a more inclusive purpose like an outdoor calisthenics area, compost or bee garden, constellation viewing area?

    • Josh April 22, 2024 (5:21 pm)

      No turning 34th into a driving restricted street was not intended to create a space for people to learn technical biking skills. You would rather have the area mentioned used the way it is now: as a homeless encampment and dump?  You clearly do not understand what is being proposed and how really very special and needed it is in this region. The all wheels tiny little park proposal is to turn a section of Urban wasteland into a place for mostly skateboarding, this is different than a bike skills and pump track. Yes please take my money and build these two parks. When they are built please come out and use them. 

      • Park April 22, 2024 (6:41 pm)

        Homeless encampment… What? There is usually on average 1 or 2 vehicles in that cement block. If you mean when the tents set up by the totem pole then you could count that as an encampment. I clearly don’t understand an idea of a proposal compared to an actual fleshed out proposal. There is a bit more clarity now that someone has come forward with more information regarding the group. I can’t pull information out of the air so asking questions is the way to get information. Perhaps you clearly do not understand that concept. 

        • Josh April 23, 2024 (6:50 am)

          Gawrsh, you got me.  A place where multiple unhoused people are camped out on public land can hardly be viewed as a homeless encampment.  Your right, we should leave the area as it is:  a place where homeless people camp and park their RVs (but definitely not an encampment) and not use it as a recreation park that promotes healthy exercise and community. My bad.

    • Amy April 22, 2024 (5:22 pm)

      Head on over to Highpoint-bee garden, check. Park with exercise equipment-Bataan Park, check. 

    • Tony Palmieri April 22, 2024 (6:07 pm)

      Hi parks for me not for thee,FOWSBP will need to fundraise and apply for grants to complete this project, including raising funds to pay Seattle Parks and Rec and any other city staff that are needed to support this project.The pump track accessibility designs would allow users on bikes, scooters, skateboards, one-wheels, unicycles, adaptive bikes for specials needs and wheelchairs to participate. Our goal is to add improvements to the park such as benches, picnic tables and a water fountain so that all West Seattleites can enjoy the park. I’m sure space could also be configured to add calisthenics area, a bee garden (there is a lot of greenspace in the woods adjacent to this site, or a constellation viewing area.

      • Park April 22, 2024 (6:49 pm)

        Appreciate the clarity. According to Amy’s logic since there are benches, picnic tables and water fountains in West Seattle already, there isn’t an additional need for those. Are there other features that can take its place?AmyApril 22, 2024 5:22 pmHead on over to Highpoint-bee garden, check. Park with exercise equipment-Bataan Park, check.”

    • Santiago U April 22, 2024 (6:09 pm)

      There’s a perfectly fine and open athletics field right next to the proposed site. If you want to propose removing niche activities, aim for the golf course.

    • Jradz April 22, 2024 (6:54 pm)

      Wow… sorry you don’t like wheeled adventure. Some of us REALLY like doing more than looking at the surroundings and listening to birds. Again, sorry this is such a tension point for you… but I’m 💯 on board with this idea!!! West Seattle has been blue collar and adventurous since I was blessed enough to live here… let’s keep it that way!

    • Chad April 25, 2024 (7:46 am)

      Ummm, because there are like 3 beekeepers in WS compared to thousands of people, of all ages and abilities, who bike, ride BMX, mt bike or do various other forms of cycling, including adaptive athletes. Similar projects are being done all over the US with incredible success. Not that we shouldn’t love bees. But you don’t need a specific site for planting bee habitat or for stretching outside. Any current park can be used for those things. 

  • The Earl April 22, 2024 (3:44 pm)

    since they through in “inclusive” count me in.

    • Reed April 23, 2024 (6:29 am)

      Your snark would suggest that you have a problem with people who have disabilities recreating.

  • WestSeaDad April 22, 2024 (3:53 pm)

    Love it! I support this 100%. My son will be so excited to ride this with me.

  • KayK April 22, 2024 (3:58 pm)

    Great idea!

  • SHARING IS CARING April 22, 2024 (3:59 pm)

    I don’t know how I feel about a group suddenly springing out of nowhere and already in touch with Seattle Parks when they haven’t responded to other issues. Who is behind this group? I support a park but it needs to be more than just bicycle access. 

    • Tony Palmieri April 22, 2024 (5:29 pm)

      Sharing Is Caring, my name is Tony Palmieri, I’m a 10+ year West Seattle resident, and lead stoke generator for this effort. Friends of West Seattle Bike Park came to be through your neighbors having conversations with your other neighbors about how cool it would be to have a park feature like this. The pump track accessibility designs would allow users on bikes, scooters, skateboards, one-wheels, unicycles, adaptive bikes for specials needs and wheelchairs to participate. Our goal is to allows add improves to the park such as benches, picnic tables and a water fountain so that all West Seattleites can enjoy the park.

      • Santiago U April 22, 2024 (6:10 pm)

        Go for it Tony!

      • SHARING IS CARING April 22, 2024 (6:59 pm)

        If you build the dirt pump track will motorized equipment be allowed? If no how will park safety be enforced that it is safe for non motorized equipment and people? You mentioned wheeled equipment but not skates.  Are there plans for a flat surface that is safe for skates and non inline scooters? Do you plan to do a site review to ensure that surrounding wildlife is least disturbed as possible? Some people have already expressed interest from out of the neighborhood so do you anticipate parking to be an issue and are you planning to add parking spaces?

        • Reed April 23, 2024 (6:37 am)

          There we go, it’s officially a blog post because someone demands that there be parking for a small park. What kind of motorized equipment are you getting on about? The group should pursue the hard scape pump for longevity and reduced maintenance. Perhaps the Rat City Rollergirls could come to the opening ceremony and show you how it’s down on non-inline skates!

        • kill me now April 23, 2024 (7:49 am)

          When will this stop? 

    • Brian April 23, 2024 (8:49 am)

      The bike community has really gotten organized over the last 20 years.  We don’t see it much in the city, but stuff (a lot lot of stuff) is getting done at Tiger Mountain, Raging River, Duthie Mtn Bike Park, and the latest at Tennant in North Bend.  There is a real bias for action with this group.  

    • Arbor Heights Resident April 23, 2024 (11:34 am)

      That area has great transit access (near a potential light rail station site, even) and is adjacent to the West Seattle Stadium which has parking. Also… it’s a bike park. Presumably, most users will bike there.

  • Stephen April 22, 2024 (3:59 pm)

    What an awesome idea. A neighborhood bike park would be a huge boon to the west seattle community; we all need more fun, outdoor, athletic activities, whether kids or adults.

  • Felix Grounds April 22, 2024 (4:06 pm)


  • NorcoBro April 22, 2024 (4:11 pm)

    What a fantastic idea! I’d much rather ride to a place near the Junction over loading my bike on the car and driving to Duthie. The pump would be such a benefit to all the little kids on striders learning to ride.

  • Sam April 22, 2024 (4:15 pm)

    Absolutely LOVE this for our neighborhood. My wheelchair-bound brother really enjoyed the pump track out in Port Angeles when we visited last summer. 

  • Rich April 22, 2024 (4:19 pm)

    100% yes!!  Would be happy to help in this effort any way that I can. I unfortunately don’t have the web design skills or grant writing but whatever I can do. 

  • AB&B April 22, 2024 (4:26 pm)

    All of us at Alki Bike and Board would love to help support this! 

  • dazman April 22, 2024 (4:29 pm)

    Strongly in favor, there’s also the potential of the puget ridge area by pathfinder school. There was a bit of traction to get that going but never got off the ground. Would be an excellent location!

  • Gordon April 22, 2024 (4:37 pm)

    I would absolutely drive over from North Seattle on a regular basis.  I travel to Duthie / Raging River and Tiger at least three times a week and support local restaurants and bike shops over there routinely.  Beyond the social / inclusive benefits of pump tracks, don’t overlook the positive economic impact of bringing individuals and families to West Seattle.

  • Keith S April 22, 2024 (4:39 pm)

    YES 100% YES West Seattle needs this

  • Rod April 22, 2024 (4:41 pm)

    We need this badly!

  • Will April 22, 2024 (4:45 pm)

    Awesome!!! What a great low barrier way for people to enjoy the sport and the woods

  • Playhouse April 22, 2024 (4:45 pm)

    Taking advantage of the steep hill there. I like it.

  • DB April 22, 2024 (4:57 pm)

    I support this, but am curious what other sites have been considered, if any. One concern is while the viewpoint part of the park is reasonably accessible by bike, the southern part where the pump track is proposed is not at all bike friendly. Another thing is there’s a huge lack of open space near the Junction that’s not programmed for a particular use, and bike parks can be integrated into built areas or woven through wooded trails with relative ease. A part of me would like this space to have more trees and picnic tables for general use, but any improvement to the park is probably a good improvement. Now, if they turn one of the Junction’s million parking lots into a nice open space, they can put a bike park wherever. 

    • Tony Palmieri April 22, 2024 (7:12 pm)

      DB,Evaluating other sites would be part of this process. The 35th Avenue site is the current front runner due to its apparent lack (based on very preliminary study) of steep slopes/slide areas, wetlands, sensitive vegetation, habitat etc. that would be encountered in the greenspaces around West Seattle. Another consideration for this site is its proximity to transit and the dense population center around the Junction. Getting a bit into the weeds, I would like to hear your concerns regarding the southern portion not being suitable for a pump track? Its ~9,000 square feet with flat grade. Thank you for your feedback!

      • DB April 22, 2024 (10:45 pm)

        Hi, just meant that the southern part of the site is at the top of a steep hill, local buses run up it, but not express, not very bike friendly street if coming from denser parts of Junction or Avalon. It’s a streetscape issue, not a site issue.

  • WS Bike Person April 22, 2024 (5:59 pm)

    What a rad idea! Support 100%! Where’s the shovels? I can help dig!

  • JB April 22, 2024 (6:05 pm)

    Always thought West Duamish Greenbelt would be a good place for a bike park but this proposal would also work. 👍

    • KayK April 23, 2024 (9:45 am)

      Please not in the Duwamish Greenbelt- folks have been working for years to restore that to forested trails.

  • sludge April 22, 2024 (6:25 pm)

    Oh right on! I live right near this proposed area and would LOVE to see this be put in here. I look forward to learning more. 

  • Eruc April 22, 2024 (6:28 pm)

    Parking? Comfort facilities?  It seems like these are not accounted for making this a strictly locals only park.Thanks 

    • JB April 22, 2024 (6:58 pm)

      Im thinking parking would be a West Seattle Golf Course/Dog Park and bathroom would be the same as the future dog park bathroom or the bathroom under the grandstand at West Seattle Stadium. 

      • Tony Palmieri April 22, 2024 (7:21 pm)

        Thank you for your feedback Eruc and JB. One of the considerations that factored in to proposing this site is the fact that is is right on a bus line and is adjacent to the population dense Junction. Additionally, the site is 6 blocks east of the West Seattle Greenway Route, which would encourage riding or rolls to the park by those who are able. Another thought on restrooms, Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah and the newly opened Tennant Mountain Bike Park in North Bend utilize rented porta- potties that are cleaned regularly. A setup like this could serve the park as well as any users that my be passing through the area in general. 

    • is no park better? April 23, 2024 (7:53 am)

      I wonder what motivates Seattlites to talk most days. Is it better to have no ambition than to engage any effort short of a big dig? Are these real thoughts or AI-driven lobbyist slogans?

  • WestSeattleMom April 22, 2024 (6:44 pm)

    Epic!! 💯 Yes 

  • ok April 22, 2024 (7:10 pm)

    How will the spaces for different skill/need levels be separated?  Will a kid who uses wheels to supplement their mobility have a place to enjoy the track to their ability level without competing with (i.e. being run over by) adults and kids with full mobility and fast bikes/wheels?

    • JVP April 22, 2024 (9:50 pm)

      There’s usually different skill features for different levels, but we all do tend to mingle together. Whenever I’ve been riding along side an adaptive rider they get mad respect and support from the other riders. Mountain bikers are a super supportive and community focused group. It’s because volunteer trail work is the cornerstone of our support. Such good vibes.

  • Matt April 22, 2024 (7:30 pm)

    This would be huge for our biking community! A great place for kids to also get into the sport.

  • Alkistu April 22, 2024 (7:30 pm)

    There are great examples of volunteer run parks in West Seattle. Parks like the Bee Garden or Puget Ridge Edible Park, the latter supported heavily by Alki Bike and Board. These parks are cornerstone locations of neighborhoods. They bring people out to mix and meet and get more positive use and activity than most other pocket parks. A niche park like the Delridge skate park gets a huge amount of positive use. When our Alki Bike and Board team first proposed this skate park, we heard the same nay sayer NIMBYs but look how that turned out. Keeping youth engaged in positive activities pays dividends for decades to come.

  • ShreddyDad April 22, 2024 (7:34 pm)

    Ready to dedicate all my free time to this, how do I help ? Let’s go ! 🚵

  • Don Brubeck April 22, 2024 (7:41 pm)

    Great idea and great location for kids and families for fun and healthy activities.  That is an under-used strip of the park.  There are good examples of these at Woodland Park near the ball fields  and at North SeaTac Park, but none in West Seattle.

  • NW April 22, 2024 (7:47 pm)

    Will public transit now be the means of getting youngsters to this BMX park our buses and future lite rail? This proposed park is right along and near major public transit hubs. I believe in public transit for all but can foresee us transit users being inundated with park users and their equipment.


    • Bus April 23, 2024 (6:34 am)

      Too many bikes on the bus seems like a great problem to have!  Maybe the next generation of metro buses could have a bike area on the bus like the light rail does, to store more bicycles?  In the meantime, I do suspect the nature of the park would mean not everyone showing up at once, and certainly not during commuter hours when space is at a premium, so there should be room enough for all the bikes and wheels.

    • What? April 23, 2024 (8:30 am)

      Your concerned that people will put their bikes on the front of the bus and ruin your commute?

    • NW April 23, 2024 (11:40 am)

      Stand corrected and am in agreement let the equipment for this all wheels park fill as many spaces and places inside and outside the bus. I have the experience of using transit a lot see individuals bring everything they own on board why shouldn’t everyone have that opportunity too. 

  • Network Effects Rider April 22, 2024 (8:04 pm)

    This is great! Would love to see more activities that bring users to West Seattle to spend their time and money, and keep residents of West Seattle in West Seattle to spend their dollars in the area. In other words, instead of riders driving to other city bike parks and eating lunch or getting drinks in places like Renton or Beacon Hill, now, they would spend those dollars in WS. Sounds like a great use of the open space!

    • Santa Cruz April 23, 2024 (8:35 am)

      100% this. Most mountain bikers and BMXers I know routinely make a good meal and a cold drink a must after a ride. For me, its usually Formula Brewing in Issaquah. With this park, my riding buddies and I would certainly make our way to the Junction afterwards for our apres ride food and drink, all without needing a car or leaving the neighborhood.

  • Random April 22, 2024 (8:27 pm)

    Should housing be built on this available land first and foremost ?  We have an unsheltered crisis. 

  • HS April 22, 2024 (8:28 pm)

    OMG!! YES!!! I walk by here all the time and it would be a FANTASTIC addition. I’d totally use this too.

  • Brianna April 22, 2024 (9:15 pm)

    This is so exciting and a great initiative! And loving the clarifications the organizers have been giving in the comments.

  • Derek Kumagai April 22, 2024 (9:18 pm)

    I wish I had parks like this when I was a kid. It would have helped keep me and many others out of trouble. This would be a great addition for the community for people of all ages.

  • JVP April 22, 2024 (9:20 pm)

    Love it!  Happy to help however I can.

  • 98126res April 22, 2024 (9:28 pm)

    This sounds fun and it’s never easy to find space, but I can’t imagine a big bike park along 35th, a busy arterial, with a lot of congestion near the bridge. Would like to see other locations pros and cons too. 

  • WS Mom April 22, 2024 (9:30 pm)

    Way to go, Tony!!! Behind this idea 100%. My kids will be stoked.

  • Marco Pantani April 22, 2024 (10:05 pm)

    I’d help advocate for a veledrome.

  • JCW April 22, 2024 (10:15 pm)

    Love this!! These spots can be great for kids too, especially earlier morning hours that don’t have as high volume of usage. My tiny human would love to pound laps on this pump track on their bike. Excited to help support!

  • WSDUDEMAN April 22, 2024 (10:55 pm)

    Yes, yes and yes.

  • SSS April 23, 2024 (5:27 am)

    It’s sad that our green space and parks seem to be diminishing. I have strong concerns about this being along 35th. There is a reason people call it I-35th. I really worry about people crossing the street to get there. Plus where do expect those coming from out of the area to park?  With the dog park going in that’s going to limit the parking in the lot that is shared with the track and golf course. I REALLY recommend the organizers go sit at the entrance to the parking lot and watch the traffic at rush hour and think about people trying to cross the street on foot or bike. There is a reason the bike path doesn’t run along 35th  there. Unfortunately people don’t always choose to cross the street and use a crosswalk. Even if you do still dicey crossing 35th, even as an adult. Great idea just don’t think this is the right spot. 

    • bradley April 23, 2024 (11:54 am)

      I agree.  The idea is cool.  But the location, not so much.  Going north on 35th, that hill drop is a complete blind spot for cars, who are usually gaining speed as the traverse the hill.  There would need to be a significant buffer between bikes and cars built into the plan, as a wayward rider and car meeting would be devastating.  The intersection at Alaska would also need some significant upgrades.  As noted before, there’s a reason the bike throughway went on 36th, not 35th.   The level of “proposed” interest complicates the safety of the cross mix of users to that stretch.  I think integrating it into Camp Long might be another space to consider. how many people really use that park?

      • Reed April 23, 2024 (3:09 pm)

        So you assume it will be a wayward rider that would cause an issue here? I think anecdotal evidence would suggest if anyone is going to cause a problem, it would be a numbskulled driver. On the other side of that coin, how many accidents along that stretch have resulted in a car careening over into the grass? I can’t think of one. I ran through that area this morning to check it out, and there is 20+ feet of buffer between the eastern road curb and where it looks like this stuff would go based on the site layout. Yet another made up problem on the blog. Also, bikes are strictly banned in Camp Long.

        • bradley April 27, 2024 (2:39 pm)

          Someone brings up safety and look at the reaction.  Safety is a concern for all users, especially if it brings in an influx of new users and high volumes.  Hope you share the same, regardless.

    • Magic Mary April 23, 2024 (12:26 pm)

      How is this diminishing a green space? One of the organizers above mentioned that this site is being considered to avoid the greenbelts. There will still be plenty of grass and trees that remain here after this is done, with the added bonus of a dedicated group of volunteers looking after it. There are marked crosswalks at each end of this park, with the one at Edmunds being a full blown stop light. Are you insinuating that people and parents with children are going to randomly jaywalk mid-block rather than using a marked or signaled crosswalk? This seems like unnecessary fearmongering.

    • Kathy April 23, 2024 (3:33 pm)

      Aren’t we overdue for some traffic calming on the north stretch of I-35?

      • WSB April 23, 2024 (3:47 pm)

        That’s potentially in the new transportation levy.

    • 98126res April 23, 2024 (5:55 pm)

      Glad to see someone else bringing up valid concerns putting a big bike park at this location on 35th.

  • HighTower April 23, 2024 (8:37 am)

    Oh man this would be great! Regarding the jump lines, it would be sick if there could be one with features big enough for West Seattle to host its own jump jam or slope style competition. Sign me up!

  • skeeter April 23, 2024 (9:10 am)

    Great idea.  These sorts of facilities bring neighbors together and build strong communities!

  • Gordon April 23, 2024 (9:24 am)

    Great idea to help get kids and teens outside!

  • Bob Piper April 23, 2024 (9:40 am)

    This is a fantastic idea!  Thanks for driving, Tony!

  • mcat April 23, 2024 (10:00 am)

    Yes! Can we all organize to make the golf course an inclusive and useful park space for our whole community?? 

    • bradley April 23, 2024 (2:58 pm)

      Are you not allowed on the Course?  It’s a Public Golf Course.  Anyone can enter.

  • Lincoln Park Mom April 23, 2024 (10:03 am)

    The companies are baffling.  We have parks.  Lots of parks for walking, bird watching etc.  We have dog parks, we have flat surface at Alki for skating, we have skate parks, we have tennis, pickle ball, sport fields, playgrounds and wading pools, pea patches, bee farms….etc, etc.  We don’t have a bike trail and I love the idea.  Wasted space that can be preserved green space while riding your bike.  A huge win for kids and families and individuals.  If you don’t bike, you have hundreds of other options around the area to satisfy your needs.  

  • West Seattleite April 23, 2024 (10:18 am)

    Pump track is a fantastic idea. The one that was installed in Bellingham was a huge hit. 

  • B M X April 23, 2024 (10:25 am)

    This would be awesome, and used by so many. The thousands of people each year that could go ride and help here, by having this near us, would be huge..Better skilled bike riders and fun safe places to ride, equals less obesity, happier people, and much more confident bicycle riders when it comes to riding in an urban city like ours..which in end will equal LESS cars doing simple everyday tasks! Botom line, we in society need to do our best to get people off their phones and off the couch and off the TV. Bikes and trails are a great way to do this!!  

  • Pickle April 23, 2024 (10:26 am)

    Why is pickleball so terrible and this park seems fine?  Sure have a bike park but why can’t people be behind pickleball which probably has a bigger fan base. 

    • Jay April 23, 2024 (11:37 am)

      This type of park is popular among all demographics and age groups and creates a place where dozens of kids can safely hang out and recreate at the same time. And there is a pool of hundreds if not thousands of locals who volunteer with projects like this. Pickleball has a much more narrow demographic. If you look at a pickelball court and Duthie Hill Bike Park side by side, you’ll see why bikes parks have much stronger acceptance and support in the general population. Bike parks are more inclusive just by the nature of who uses them. Also, people don’t think pickleball is terrible. There are 6-7 pickleball locations already in the West Seattle area that faced no opposition, but no bike parks. The closest one is Collonade under an i5 bridge in north Seattle.

    • MTBMatty April 23, 2024 (1:17 pm)

      As a mountain biker who also really, really enjoys pickleball, I feel for you. Perhaps not the case in this particular situation, but in many other areas, the mountain biking community faces severely backlash from horseback riders, hikers, hunters and birders. Sometimes it gets physically violent with trail sabotage and booby trapping in an effort to hurt people.

    • Grillo April 23, 2024 (5:21 pm)

      People are behind pickleball, how many courts are there versus bike parks in Seattle ? 

  • Gabriel April 23, 2024 (10:52 am)

    What an amazing idea. Our family stopped at a pump track in Leavenworth and we were amazed at the variety of people and abilities using it. Similar when we stopped at one in North Bend. I’d love to try it out if we had one here, and what a great location for it! 

  • Scott MTB WS April 23, 2024 (11:35 am)

    This is a great proposal and a bike park would be a fantastic addition to West Seattle.

  • BikerDad April 23, 2024 (11:38 am)

    For sure!!!  Bring on the stoke!

  • JOHNY B GOOD April 23, 2024 (12:34 pm)

    That’s a big  big YES from me!!! 

  • MTBMATTY April 23, 2024 (1:29 pm)

    What an incredible and uniquely clever proposal brought by this group. There are so many adults and kids alike ripping around our neighborhood on all kinds of wheeled devices, it would be great for them to have a central place to get together. These things are incredibly popular and have demonstrated community benefits in Port Angeles, Maryville, Poulsbo, Bellingham, North Bend, SeaTac, Bainbridge Island, Port Gamble, Tacoma and Leavenworth, just to name a few. Even Mercer Island recently added a bike skills park. If Mercer Island can do it but West Seattle can’t, then its a really sad day for us. I fully support this effort which will be a boon for our WHOLE community. Lastly, if kids or their families cannot afford a bike, organizations like Bike Works can support those in need.

  • Danille Salzetti April 23, 2024 (3:47 pm)

    Hey check out this multi skill pump track for all ages, all wheels and all abilities. Could work here too!  https://www.pumptrx.com/https://www.pumptrx.com/

  • Aaron Goss April 23, 2024 (4:59 pm)

    I support this!Aaron GossRat City Bikes

  • Someone Named Mike April 23, 2024 (7:48 pm)

    Great idea! How many fun, healthy outdoor activities do kids and, frankly, adults have quick access to? West Seattle would really benefit from this.

  • I'm a Yes April 23, 2024 (9:11 pm)

    There is clearly a solid, thought-out plan here. I’m a yes and look forward to supporting this plan going forward. 

  • Absolutely! April 23, 2024 (10:00 pm)

    We will be there! Support and use one thousand percent! My husband has eyed this spot and a few others for the exact same use! We will help in any way! West Seattle needs this!

  • Gary Andolina April 24, 2024 (7:07 am)

    I have been a biker my whole life…As a longtime West Seattle resident I wholeheartedly would back this idea! It would allow young people to have a great healthy way to be active and off electronic devices. I will donate my time dnd energy to this project for sure.

  • Brian Piper April 24, 2024 (7:49 am)

    100%!!! West seattle needs this!  There are lots of rogue built jumps all around our little island and often I see kids aimlessly wandering around on mountain bikes looking for something to ride.  That location would be great for all the aforementioned reasons.  Having lived in West Seattle the last 10 years, it has gotten pretty old having to get in a car and drive anywhere to get tires in the dirt even just for a few minutes.  Closest current options are Cheasty green space and SeaTac.  

  • Island Lifer April 24, 2024 (8:32 am)

    Love this idea for our little west seattle island!! It’d be such a wonderful space for kids and adults alike to learn/work on their basic skills and become even more of a community. 

  • Not Important April 25, 2024 (9:41 am)

    Hell yeah! Love to see it it West Seattle.

  • Laird F April 25, 2024 (2:28 pm)

    This is a wonderful idea and I would encourage it. My demographic, relatively new mountain biker in their 70s, would find this a wonderful way to practice. It’s good to be able to review the whole course of a trail before entering the top.Laird F

  • Kelly Amsbry April 26, 2024 (10:44 am)

    Small bike parks like this are an amazing opportunity for youth recreation in urban areas. Not every family can get kids out to the woods and having accessible recreation opportunities such as this would be a huge and very positive force for helping kids stay active. 

  • Bike4vr April 29, 2024 (12:18 am)

    Great proposal and awesome project Tony! Don’t be discouraged by the detractors. For a blog post with this many comments this is an exceptionally positive response.  Keep up the great work!!

  • benjt April 30, 2024 (1:57 pm)

    Would be so great to have a bike skills park in the West Seattle area! Count me all in! 

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