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Morningside Bike Park

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UPDATE (March 17, 2019): Enjoy some photos from today’s work day. Phase 1 is 99% complete.

UPDATE (March 12, 2019): Construction of Phase 1 has begun. Michael Carnrike is out there all week with a mini-excavator. A volunteer work day is scheduled for March 17.

UPDATE (Jan. 9, 2019): Phase 1 of this project has been funded. (If you still want to donate, we’ll add those funds to Phase 2 when it begins.) With a little luck — and good weather — the first section of the park will be ready by spring 2019. We’ll keep you posted on the progress and future development and fundraising. 


The Roanoke Outside Foundation and Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists (formerly known as Roanoke IMBA) is asking for your help to crowdfund a community project outside.

Thanks to Star City Cycling’s tireless efforts to get more people riding mountain bikes, Roanoke Parks and Recreation has agreed to let the bulk of Morningside Park be developed as a bike park. But we need your help raising funds to make it happen.

What’s a bike park?

A bike park is specifically designed for mountain biking and can be built in small areas such as parks and/or integrated with trail systems. These parks often include skills courses, pump tracks, jumps, trails, and features, and are designed in a manner that allows a person to progress from beginner to more advanced.

The Morningside Bike Park, on Morgan Avenue in Roanoke, will be built in phases (each phase must be complete before moving on to the next):

  • Phase I: beginner loop flow trail (1.25 miles in length)
  • Phase II: dual slalom course with progressive jump trail
  • Phase III: advanced skills area
  • Future phases could include BMX jump course and/or pump track

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Phase I is already under way. Volunteers spent the fall removing trash, clearing trees, and members of Blue Ridge Gravity  have already made significant progress building the beginner loop trail.

Here’s where you come in … if we, as a community, rely on volunteers to build the trail it may be well into fall 2019 before the trail is complete. But with $5,000, we will be able to rent a mini-excavator, pay a few dedicated trail builders, and the trail will be completed by early spring. (That’s where you come in. A donation of any amount can help.)

Just click the “donate now” button and put “Morningside Bike Park” in the comment section of the donation form. Roanoke Outside is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible; past crowdfunded campaigns include a Kayak Launch in Downtown Roanoke and Low-Profile Dock at Carvins Cove.

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