This project is aimed at completing construction outlined in the updated Trail Creek Park Master Plan as approved by Mayor and Commission in 2017. Construction additions include a mountain bike pump track and associated skills course, a large pavilion with restrooms, a lighted basketball court, a playground with restrooms, additional parking spaces with a bioretention swale to improve stormwater quality, and traffic calming devices to mitigate accidents due to increased traffic.
The mountain bike pump track will meet a critical need of a mountain bike skills facility that currently does not exist in Athens-Clarke County. A pump track is a mountain bike skills course that allows users to safely develop their skills on a closed course. Pump tracks are becoming very popular in many communities including Atlanta, Roswell, Augusta, and Commerce. The pump track will be located adjacent to a basketball court and large pavilion which will promote a crossover of user groups, especially teens and young adults. The pavilion and associated amenities will create a new hub in Trail Creek Park that activates a currently unused part of the park. It will also act as a connection between the parking areas, fields, and mountain bike trails. Additional parking is needed at Trail Creek Park because increased usership is putting a strain on current parking infrastructure. Traffic calming devices will also help to mitigate the impacts of increased traffic in the park.