Marolt is no longer option for bike park |

Marolt is no longer option for bike park

Staff report

Marolt Open Space is no longer in the running as a potential location for the city of Aspen’s proposed bicycle terrain park.

Initial plans explored the possibility of building the park — which could include jumps, berms, table-tops, rolls and/or a pump track — at Marolt. The city’s Open Space and Trails board was scheduled to discuss the possibility at a meeting Thursday, but the item was pulled from the agenda because “the existing land-use approvals for (Marolt) don’t permit that kind of use,” according to Austin Weiss, of the Aspen Parks Department. However, he said building a bike park elsewhere remains a possibility and officials will go back to the drawing board.

There were four members of the public present at the meeting who were prepared to discuss the potential bike park at Marolt.

Weiss said that as the city continues to explore the idea, partnerships with Aspen Skiing Co., Pitkin County or the town of Snowmass are a possibility.

“We still think that a bike park in the community somewhere at this end of the (Roaring Fork) valley would be a cool thing,” Weiss said. “But we really have no clue where it would go yet.”

About a year ago, people approached the city about the potential for a kid-friendly bike park modeled after ones in Basalt, Snowmass, Carbondale and Crown Mountain Park.