Mountain bikes at Lake Oswego park? Some residents say no
Plans to build a mountain-bike skills course and two miles of soft-surface trails at Luscher Farm have hit a major obstacle.
Representatives of the Friends of Luscher Farm have announced that they hope to stop any further progress on the Parks & Recreation Department proposal, saying it doesn't reflect the uses specified in the Luscher Area Master Plan (LAMP).
"We're not anti-mountain bike," said Nancy Gronowski, a Lake Oswego resident, longtime park planner with the City of Portland and member of the Friends group. "We just think Luscher Farm isn't the place."
Concept designs for the Parks Department proposal, unveiled at a couple of community open houses in November, incorporate some of the mowed trails that already wind their way through the 47-acre property bordered by Stafford Road to the west and Rosemont Road to the south. Additional soft-surface trails would also be built.
The Farr Bike Park, which would be located at the northern edge of the Luscher Farm property off Bergis Road, was designed by Christopher Bernhardt at R2 Recreation Consulting in Portland. It would include three downhill skills courses that vary in difficulty, with jumps in a range of sizes, banked turns, logs, wall rides and other features for mountain and BMX bikers to tackle. At the bottom of the three courses would be a trail that leads back to the top, where a large dirt berm would allow users to drop back into each course.
Plans for the bike park also call for a bike parking pad (cars would use the nearby lot at Hazelia Field), signs, a welcome kiosk, a porta-potty pad and a shade structure. Total cost for all of the trails is estimated at $250,000.
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