White Salmon SPOKES Bike Skills Park officially opened on Saturday, June 1, 2013, after 14 months, 864 volunteer hours, $20,000+ and lots of sweat! A dedicated group of White Salmon area trail bike enthusiasts formed the White Salmon Spoke Club and worked tirelessly to develop this non-motorized BMX and Trail Bike Challenge Course at the City of White Salmon’s borrow pit, across from the ball parks and next to the gun club. This dedication and opening was the culmination of this incredible amount of work by Spoke Club and other volunteers, along with cooperation from the City of White Salmon, the adjacent Mt Adams Fish and Game Association, and MAPARD.
This 19 acre area had for many years been used only as a city debris dump site and burn pit. Through the incredible efforts of volunteers, donations, fundraisers, and donated materials, many truckloads of debris were removed, including old tires and old creosote-saturated wooden culvert material. Paths were cut into the steep hillside and the ramps, pump track, and other skills-building features were built, transforming the site into a highly popular bike park with little- to no-cost to the City.
The Spoke Club founders, Dave Nunn, Scott Hulbert, and Steve Delaere, enlisted the help of Jason Wells, a course designer for the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to develop a professional-grade park that will help put White Salmon firmly on the mountain biking map and add substantially to the Gorge’s great reputation for incredible mountain biking.
Though it will never be truly complete and will always be a work in progress, the ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Dave Poucher & White Salmon City Council officially dedicated the park with a ribbon cutting and opened it to a large group of 30+ enthusiastic riders, some as young a 5 years, just rarin’ to test and improve their skills.
Spokes Bike Park Updates