One of many latest additions to Logan’s parks has been within the limelight with a latest state award.
The Utah Workplace of Outside Recreation acknowledged Logan’s Bridger Bike Park as its Mission of the Yr final week.
“To see that our challenge was acknowledged among the many caliber of nominees (on the Utah Outside Recreation Summit) was fairly thrilling and sort of a shock, actually,” stated Brent Thomas of the Cache Trails Alliance.
Logan Parks Director Russ Akina stated he agrees.
“There have been different well-deserving initiatives that had been additionally thought-about,” Akina stated. “Bridger Bike Park being acknowledged by the governor’s Workplace of Outside Recreation, it is an amazing factor.”
The Bridger Bike Park opened final fall after what the Trails Alliance describes as “a grassroots effort” supported by the alliance, the Metropolis of Logan, Cache County and native companies. The Trails Alliance organized a funding marketing campaign for the park, and the town matched these funds. Grants from county RAPZ funding and the state Workplace of Outside Recreation rounded issues out.
Akina stated the bike park has been within the works in some type “ever because the skate park was constructed, as a result of that attracted makes use of that the skate park wasn’t designed for.”
Seeing bikers try to make use of the skate park, Akina stated, “we knew instantly that we wanted to begin engaged on a leisure facility that will accommodate bike use.”
The award was an sudden increase for the Trails Alliance.
“The park itself is its personal award,” Thomas stated. “Everyone that likes bikes can go there and test it out.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic driving individuals to search for methods to get out of the home however keep away from teams of individuals, Thomas feels the park’s completion got here simply in time.
“The park simply opened final fall after which this spring fanatics had been on the lookout for some inventive methods to get outdoors and get a while outdoors in nature,” Thomas stated.
Businesses in any respect ranges, from native to nationwide, have seen extra individuals open air through the pandemic, Akina stated.
“By this pandemic, there was an unbelievable improve in … outside recreation,” Akina stated. “And it continues. It is an effective way (to be lively), presuming all of us do our half in following the protocols which might be in place to maintain everyone secure.”
The park’s versatility is an asset, as effectively, Thomas stated.
“Individuals from age 2 to 92 can have enjoyable on this park as a result of it has been designed with all completely different ability units in thoughts,” Thomas stated. “From toddlers on strider bikes, there’s just a little mini-section for younger youngsters, and three or 4 completely different traces for inexperienced persons to superior riders can get on the market.”
Thomas stated the Cache Trails Alliance has a number of irons within the fireplace, together with working with the Forest Service to undertake and enhance trails and dealing with Logan and personal property homeowners to attach Logan Canyon trails to the Bonneville Shoreline Path.
“It is a good time to be a path lover in Northern Utah, as a result of there’s some power and and enthusiasm (so) that I feel we’ll see some good things occur,” Thomas stated.