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Monday, June 16, 2008 | 4:15 PM ET CBC News

The City of Kelowna is tearing down what it calls rogue parks built by mountain bike riders in remote areas of the city's parks.

But local riders say the city has to find a better way to respond to the demand for facilities for the popular sport.

On Friday several parks department workers used shovels to tear down a half-dozen jumps, some up to two metres high, built on a hilltop in Kelowna's Knox Mountain Park.

Barb Davidson, a planner with the parks department, said the city is tearing down the jumps because of liability issues, and that anyone building illegal bike parks could be fined.

"The bottom line is they are defacing public property. When we find out about one on parkland it's our duty to remove it," said Davidson.

Johnny Smoke, president of the Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan, said the riders who built the jumps will see the issue differently: "They are going to be choked."

He notes the City of Kelowna is planning several bike parks, but it could take a year to build the first one.

"In the City of Kelowna itself I think you are looking at four or five of them, and in the general regional district you are probably looking at eight or 10. They are small parks, community oriented, generally speaking for younger people," said Smoke.

Smoke maintains there is evidence of great interest in the sport, after 500 people joined the new Central Okanagan club this spring.

If Kelowna plans carefully, he said, it can become a destination for mountain biking like Whistler or parts of the U.S.

"It's a slam dunk. It should have been done a long time ago," said Smoke.

The city has scheduled a review of its plans for new bike parks on Monday and an open house for June 24.
 

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You'd figure that with all the attention that BC is giving to building proper trails and bike parks, the people in charge would have handled that a bit different. Good luck getting any support from the local bike community now.
 

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jeffscott said:
short sighted city planners are usually quite anal retentive *****s
I expect that it's the City's lawyers that were running this show. A bit of a flashback to the District of West Vancouver situation of years gone by. But it does point out that the old saying "easier to get forgiveness rather than permission" still does not apply to trail building.

The complete turnaround in the perception of mountain bikers and trail builders in North Vancouver by the local governments is a result of the hard work by the NSMBA (with significant effort by LeeL and Sharon). Working within the system results in better long term payoff, but it's definitely a delayed gratification process.
 
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